Battle River Country is filled with beautiful views, rich history, and residents who are always happy to share a story. Looking for some ideas for your next visit? We asked a few locals for some suggestions…
One of the most famous landmarks in the area is the Fabyan Trestle Bridge, a railway trestle outside of Wainwright that was built in 1907. “Men died building it, and it’s a fantastic structure to go and see”, says Alex Heath, owner of the Honeypot Eatery & Pub.
A great place to learn more about the history of the area is the “Teacups to Tractors” Museum in Irma. The museum is home to the Irma Historical Society, founded in 1981, and is run by passionate locals interested in preserving history. The museum houses numerous local artifacts including a collection of over 300 lamps. It also celebrates one of Irma’s most famous past residents – cookbook author Jean Paré. Learn more about the stories of the Irma Museum from Mary Newton.
The region is also known for its iconic eateries, built by passionate community members who value their heritage. Locals can’t stop recommending Ribstone Creek Brewery, founded in 2012 by a group of farmers and local businessmen looking to craft great beer. With a taproom that is open to the public on weekends, they promise that you’ll be welcomed with a smiling face and a cold beer. Learn more about Ribstone Creek Brewery and its award-winning brews.
Another Iconic food stop is the Honeypot Eatery & Pub, which began in 1979 in the driveway of the Middleton family home. The Honeypot was also the scene of the “Great Fire of 1929”, which started when a spark from an ashcan razed much of downtown Wainwright.
Have a bite to eat with the locals at Club Mojo’s & Second Home Lounge in Wainwright and the Edgerton Oasis Hotel, where residents like to gather at the end of the day to share stories and enjoy a cold beverage. “The Edgerton Hotel has a Friday night steak fry and they make mean burgers”, says Wes Laporte, CAO of the Village of Edgerton. See what else Wes recommends you check out when visiting the area.
If relaxation is more your style, take a dip in one of the many local lakes. Locals will often recommend Clear Lake, Arm Lake, and Dillberry Lake. Those looking for something a bit different might want to take a scuba dive with Alberta Adventure Divers. If you’re into camping, check out the Irma Campground right next to the ballpark or camp with the cows at the Edgerton Community Golf Club!