The Ultimate Guide to Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada is only 60 years young, but it has already become one of the best places to live in the country. Like Edmonton, it is swiftly expanding to accommodate new residents and visitors and has all the amenities of a city but with a small community feel. Traffic is light, people are polite, and there are so many things to do!

Whether you’re new, visiting, or a long-time resident, this guide will show you where to eat great food, find entertainment, experience culture, and shop.

Restaurants in Sherwood Park

The people of Sherwood Park love to eat out. Zomato lists over 170 places to eat in this community of 68,000 people. You don’t have to go far to satisfy whatever culinary craving you have because they have virtually every type of popular cuisine Canadians love.

If you’re looking for something special, Sherwood Park has some lovely hidden gems and traditional favourites. One gem is a beautiful restaurant located in Greenland Garden Centre, “Canada’s Best Garden Centre.” The restaurant, Branches, serves “decadent pastries and authentic wood fired pizzas.” It’s a great place to meet for afternoon tea after taking a stroll through Greenland’s serene indoor garden.

Another notable place to eat is the volunteer-run coffee house inspired by The Carrot in Edmonton, Common Ground Community Cafe. Yes, volunteer run! They built and staffed the cafe entirely with volunteers, of which there are no shortage. Currently, 45 baristas offer their services for free, which is a testament to the generous people of Sherwood Park.

Admirably, Common Ground’s goal is “to make our community and the world a better place.” But don’t go because they “deserve” your patronage, go for their open mic night (featuring poetry, music, stories, and more) or painting classes, and check out the artist showcase (like this month’s artist, Lyn Vik). Be sure to try their popular Dill Pickle Soup!

From the mouths of locals, a couple of favourites are the Pasta Pantry and Nitza’s Pizza. Both serve cheesy, perfectly cooked comfort food that is reasonably priced and highly addictive. These two are the top-rated restaurants of their categories for a reason!

Looking for a snack or a refreshing smoothie? Hit up Booster Juice for your fruit fix. Booster Juice has become a leader in the smoothie business with over 300 locations–and it started right here in Sherwood Park!

So if you haven’t already, support local Sherwood Park restaurants and give these places a try.

Sherwood Park Community Centre

A relatively recent addition is the elegant, modern Sherwood Park Community Centre. It is “a focal point for civic life and community celebration” where the main points of interest are the library, the art gallery, and the indoor farmers’ market.

Sherwood Park Library

Sherwood Park’s library is impressive. The architecture and design is very thoughtful and interesting to look at. It makes the library an inviting place to explore and relax in. It’s fully equipped with modern computers and resources, the staff are friendly and helpful, and there are book clubs, programs, and events to take part in too.

Looking for something new to read? Check out some of the new titles here. They also have magazines, ebooks, DVDs (regular and Blu-Ray), audio books, and CDs.

Stop by to check it out, and get a free library card while you’re there.

Sherwood Park Indoor Farmers’ Market

During the summer, there are a few farmers’ markets in Sherwood Park, but there is an indoor one that is open year-round on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. in the Community Centre. Stock up on top-notch perogies (Maria Homestyle Perogies), veggies from the Mennonites, free range eggs, local honey, gifts, sweets, and more. Check out the Sherwood Park Farmers’ Market website for more details.

Sherwood Park Art Gallery

The Community Centre has an art gallery where artists from all over Canada can display their work. You can see what’s coming up via the gallery’s website.

Fun Things to do in Sherwood Park

Archery

In a place called Sherwood Park, it’s no surprise that this community has a couple of awesome places where you can channel their inner Robin Hood. T&T is a small shop with indoor archery lanes.

Beginners and experts alike are welcome here, so it makes a great date idea or afternoon of fun with your kids. They host parties too!

They are professional and courteous to everyone who comes in, and it’s just $12 to shoot as long as you want!

archery Sherwood park

T&T is conveniently located beside the new authentic, street-style Mexican place, No Way Jose Taqueria and The Canadian Brewhouse so you can grab a bite afterwards with your date.

If archery is truly a hobby or something you’re looking to get into, Sherwood Park Archery is the place for you. It’s “members only” for adults, and you’ll have access to the indoor range, with a variety of targets from straw bales to foam animals, and an outdoor range where you can really test your skills.

Festival Place

Festival Place is the main venue for theatre in Sherwood Park (although Bev Facey High School puts on excellent performances every year. Find more information here. You can see all kinds of shows at Festival Place. Recently CBC’s The Irrelevant Show was there, Disney’s Mary Poppins was on over Christmas, and many talented artists play there every month.

Check out their upcoming shows here. 

Millennium Place

This recreation center is the place to be. It has everything–even a Second Cup and Coyote Jack’s for a coffee, snack, or meal. Millennium Place is all about fun and fitness. Their fitness area is gigantic and has all the latest yoga, cardio, and weightlifting equipment and an indoor track. They have a wave pool, hot tub, steam room, and lane swimming. They’ve got skating covered too. There’s a small rink that is open daily attached to a full-sized that offers public skating at specific times.

Take advantage of this great facility; monthly membership under $50 and dropping in is only $9 for full access for the entire day!

Broadmoor Spray Park

What better a way to cool off in the hot summer than an outdoor spray park? The Broadmoor Spray Park is a great new addition to Sherwood Park, located right behind Kinsmen Leisure Center off Fir Street. Ever the conscious community, the spray park uses a recirculating water system where the water gets collected, cleaned and reused, and the soft, non-slip flooring was made from 13,000 recycled tires!

Parks in Sherwood Park

You’ll find playgrounds all over The Park and a handful of specialty parks too. Millennium Place has a skate park that is always filled with skateboarders, bmxers, and the people who film them.

The pampered pooches of Sherwood Park also have a place to get off-leash and play with other dogs at the Deermound Off-leash Park. Expect to see a lot of Shelties and have chats with other dog lovers.

If you’re looking for a playground or park in Strathcona County, there’s an app for that! And of course, every school has a park. Click here for the full list of parks in the county.

Sherwood Park Bowl

Sherwood Park Bowl is a little dated, but it’s relaxed, convenient, and run by friendly people. It’s also adorably “old school” Sherwood Park. Before this hamlet exploded, streets were named after trees (Fir, Alder, Elm, Sycamore, etc) and birds (Swallow, Starling, Kingfisher), and an area called Nottingham that is just down the road from Fox Haven. The bowling alley’s party packages are similarly cute–you can still get the King Richard, the Friar Tuck, the Maid Marion, or splurge on the Earl of Huntington option.

Another reason to go is the price. At just $7 for an adult, it’s a lot of fun for just a few dollars.

Looking for more things to do in Sherwood Park?

Check out the current list of Groupons for things to do in The Park.

Share this article with your friends and neighbours and encourage them to join you for a swim, a dog-walk, or a bite to eat.

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below. What are your favourite places in Sherwood Park?

Windermere, Edmonton, AB: Where to go for Fun, Food, and Shopping

Just south of Terwillegar and west of Ellerslie, the community of Windermere is quickly growing into a lovely place to live. In 2009 there were only 322 residents, but that number exploded over 550% in 2012 and it’s population has been continuing to rise!

It’s appealing to Edmonton’s most affluent with some of the largest, most luxurious homes in the city. The area is highly walkable and the freshly paved streets are lined with trees and trails that lead to beautiful parks.

The goal is to create an all-inclusive community where residents can find anything they need and do whatever they want without having to travel far, and Windermere is off to a good start. There are attractions nearby, a community league to be a part of, great restaurants, events, and more.

Attractions in Windermere

Movie Theatre

With gorgeous, multimillion-dollar homes being the norm, it makes sense that the only VIP movie theatre in Edmonton is in Windermere. What is VIP? For just $5 more than a regular ticket, you can reserve your high-backed, leather seat in advance and once you get there, you don’t have to wait in those crazy lines to get your snacks. VIP’s get in-seat service of not only popcorn, pop, and candy, but also their VIP menu. Nosh on artisanal cheese and meats, poutine, or bruschetta, and order wines and cocktails to wash them down.

Treat yourself to VIP at the Windermere Cineplex Odeon on a Wednesday for Hump Date where you get two tickets and two entrees for $50! Learn more or purchase tickets online here. 

Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre

The Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre (TCRC) is a great spot to spend the day with your family, friends, or even to hang out by yourself. The pool is one of the best in Edmonton. It has a hot tub, steam room, wave pool, a big slide, a diving platform, a big shallow area to relax in and keep an eye on the kids, and one of those fun, circular mazes with jets that make it feel like a ride.

Windermere pool

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The fitness area is fully stocked with cardio machines, weight equipment, and a triangular-shaped indoor track. There’s also a kids’ zone with a play area and child-minding services so you can get into your workout without having to look after the little ones.

The TCRC also offers a wide variety of programs: skating, basketball, spin, Pilates, and yoga. There are also Zumba and Bollyrobics, which are fun for when you need to work out, but you actually just feel like dancing.

Find programs that interest you here.

Golf in Windermere

If you love to golf, Windermere is the place for you! The River Ridge Golf and Country Club is a semi-private course. It’s a scenic, isolated course that will challenge your skills. Book an early tee time and have lunch at the restaurant afterwards.

The Windermere Golf and Country Club is a private club that offers “serious golf for the player who is passionate about the game and all it entails.” The club plays host to tournaments and was named one of Canada’s top 100 golf courses in 2014.

For more information on the Windermere Golf and Country Club, and to take a virtual tour of the course, visit their website.

Windermere Events

If you live in Windermere, you should consider joining the Greater Windermere Community League (GWCL). The league’s mission is “To encourage a safe, friendly and active neighbourhood by providing programs and services that promote family and community, and acting as an advocate by representing the needs and interests of the community’s members.”

Check out the GWCL website to stay up-to-date on events, programs and community news.

Restaurants in Windermere

XIX Nineteen

XIX Nineteen is something to brag about. It’s one of those restaurants where you don’t simply go to eat, you go to have a dining experience.

The award-winning, classically trained chef, Andrew Fung, has created a menu that reflects both his European and Canadian West Coast influences and could be described as French Japanese fusion. There’s Spicy Miso Albacore Tuna Tartar and White Rock Dungeness Crab Cakes inspired by the West Coast, and lamb, duck, and beef dishes inspired by European tastes.

Yelp lists it as a “great place to go for dates and special occasions, and people are giving it rave reviews like this one:

“The Dungeness crab cakes ($18) were absolutely delicious. The salsa served with them was out of this world. My SO had a half salad with ahi tuna ($13) and he said it was the best salad he’s ever had in a restaurant.”  – Bonnie A. via Yelp

Brown’s Social House

Brown’s Social House is Windermere’s answer to casual dining or meeting up with friends for Sunday brunch or drinks while watching sports. Their menu is what we’ve come to define as “Canadian” cuisine that includes dynamite rolls, fish and chips, pizzas, burgers, and of course yam fries.

Also on the menu are a couple unique additions: instead of fries on the side, you can get cabbage and goat cheese or a cowgirl salad, which are both very popular.

They definitely have some fans on Yelp, but don’t take their word for it, find out what it’s like yourself!

Shopping in Windermere

Windermere Area Farmers’ Market

Windermere farmers market

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Just across the Henday is the Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market, which runs from mid-May until the week of Thanksgiving from 4 – 7:30 p.m. In 2015, there were over 60 vendors, which included farmers’ market staples like produce, meats, baked goods, and honey. This market also serves up ready-made meals, food trucks, local wines, alpaca fur apparel, cloth diapers, jewelry, and dog treats for your furry companions.

You can also take in performances by buskers while you’re filling your reusable bags full of local goodies. So leave your Wednesday nights open this summer and tell your friends to meet you there!

Retail Shopping in Windermere – Currents Windermere

A number of shops and services are located in Windermere, and that number will only grow. Pick up garden supplies at Home Depot, get your nails done at Q Nails, then head over to Pet Planet and spoil your fur baby.

Looking for something else? Find what you need in the store directory.

Share this article with your friends and neighbours and encourage them to join you for a swim, a game of golf, or a VIP movie.

Windermere is growing quickly, have you seen something new in the area? Let us know in the comments below!

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta: A hub of activity where we work hard and have a lot of fun!

Do you find yourself asking ‘What is there to do in Fort Saskatchewan’? Well, we have compiled a bunch of fun facts and things to do in the great city!

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, is a hub of industrial activity. Dow Chemical, Agrium, Shell, and more big-name companies have a huge presence here in this small city. White trucks with buggy whips are a common sight along Highway 21/1. If you were staring out the window of your Holiday Inn Express or Super 8 hotel room, you could put yourself to sleep counting them go by.

Maybe you’re just visiting, or maybe you’re thinking about living in The Fort and looking for interesting and fulfilling things to do with your downtime. Just as likely, you already live in Fort Saskatchewan and you want to get a little better acquainted with your home. Lucky for you, there is a lot for you to do without leaving town.

Here are a few interesting facts, along with some fun things to do, here in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta:

There are sheep that maintain the green spaces in Fort Saskatchewan!

While this might not seem like the most exciting thing about a city, it certainly is unique. The City of Fort Saskatchewan keeps a flock of around 50 sheep to help maintain the park’s turf during the summer. Sheep aren’t necessarily the best lawnmowers—they tend to focus on certain areas and do an uneven job at best—but they have become a huge attraction for locals and tourists alike.

These “Finnsheep” and their Border collie shepherds are welcoming and friendly. You can visit them as they are herded between four locations and experience their adorable sheepy nature. Bring some carrots and prepare to be surrounded! Find more information in the sheep grazing program here.

Check out Fort Saskatchewan’s Food Scene!

If you like food, you’ll be glad you’re in Fort Saskatchewan. They have the standard grocery stores like No Frills (basically Superstore), Co-op, Giant Tiger, Walmart, and Safeway, but they also have a wonderful selection of restaurants.

A couple of favourites would have to be House of Hong for Chinese food. They serve heaping plates of chow mein, ginger beef, and even BBQ duck for those who are so inclined.

If you’re looking for amazing diner fare, you need to go to The Downtown Diner. The Downtown Diner will blow your expectations out of the water. The fries, a staple of any diner, are some of the best out there. They are thick, crispy, and perfectly salted. Their Monte Cristo sandwich is a special kind of wonderful: Ham, cheese, turkey, and mayo sandwiched between puff pastry. But don’t take my word for it, dozens of Yelpers have already sung their praises, giving it an average of four and a half stars out of five, which is better than some of Edmonton’s most popular places to eat like The Sugarbowl, Pampa, and even Meat!

Surf on over to this Fort Saskatchewan gem’s Facebook page for pictures of the food, their daily specials, and more customer reviews.

Fancy a Game of Golf?

Golf: Both super fun and gratifying and ground-smashingly frustrating at times. If you golf, this is a great place for you to get into the game. There is the Fox Run Golf Course right in town and the Crosswinds Driving Range just south of Fort Saskatchewan, about five minutes away.

golf Fort Saskatchewan

After a long day at work or if you’re just out to enjoy the weather on your day off, a few good whacks will make you smile, whether it’s because you made some excellent strokes or some hilariously bad ones, and whet your appetite for some always-on-special wings at Pot’s Bar and Grill.

Pot’s Bar and Grill is a great pub and a local favourite with their juicy, tasty wings, friendly staff, and large menu. It’s also a great place to meet up with friends for a fun time.

Recreation and Events in Fort Saskatchewan!

Fort Saskatchewan likes to keep busy! Yes, even in this city of fewer than 30,000 people, there are many events to attend.

The Sheeptown Players Society hosts an annual talent show at the Shell Theatre, and the theatre is also host to great performers like April Wine and Chantal Kreviazuk. Check out upcoming shows and buy your tickets here.

More fun things to get involved in are pancake breakfasts, loonie swims at Harbour Pool, rallies, and dive-in movies where you watch a movie in the pool! Check out the City’s event page for more details.

The Fort also has a movie theatre, a state-of-the-art recreation complex, and a bowling alley to keep you fit and fully entertained.

Insider Scoop: If you’re around on July 1st, be sure to take in the Canada Day Parade, which is the best in the region!

Attention Walkers, Runners, Bikers, Skiers, Rollerbladers, and Skateboarders: There are so Many Trails in Fort Saskatchewan!

The North Saskatchewan River flows through Fort Saskatchewan, and the city gives you many opportunities to partake in its beauty. There are over 75 kms of trails, including single-track hiking and biking trails along the river. Many of these trails can be enjoyed on cross-country skis—just don’t forget your snacks and hot chocolate.

You’ll find all kinds of parks in this community too: Off-leash dog parks, toboggan hills, public skating, and places to bike, skateboard, or rollerblade are abundant.

Season-specific Things to Enjoy in Fort Saskatchewan!

pick raspberries Fort Saskatchewan

A couple last things to mention are the glories of nature: If you are walking down 99 Ave during springtime you will walk beside Fort Saskatchewan’s beautiful cherry trees in bloom. Cherries weren’t always common in Alberta, but thanks to a few avid cultivators, they are here for you to enjoy.

Also nearby is the Horse Hill Berry Farm. If you’re a fan of raspberries, you may want to clear a weekend in July to go out and harvest your fill of nature’s candy.

Share your favourite things about Fort Saskatchewan in the comments below, and share on social media, and get your friends involved in this great city!

Our VIP Services and Red Carpet Treatment

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, our number one goal is to not only change your stereotypical idea of what a plumber looks like, how they behave in your home, and the level of service they provide, but we want to blow that stereotype out of the water!

No pun intended, we wish to become more than just your average plumber, and we want to tackle any misgivings you may have about letting a stranger into your home.

Our customers always come first. That’s why we offer what we like to call our VIP Services and Red Carpet Treatment to everyone who requires our plumbing and heating services.

What are our VIP Services and Red Carpet Treatment?

From the beginning to the end of each and every job, we treat you with respect, courtesy, and professionalism.

When we arrive, we always park our well-branded vans on the street, instead of blocking your driveway.

Our employees are also always dressed professionally in a crisp white shirt and black pants.

Once we are invited into your home, we treat you and your home with care. We want to leave your home looking exactly as it was when we entered.

Here are just a few of the ways we take extra special care of your residence:

  • We wear protective covers on our boots, which protects your floors from our boot prints.
  • We lay down special red mats (our red carpet treatment) that we use to lay our tools on to protect your floors.
  • We also use drop clothes around our work area to protect your home from any debris or other messiness that may occur during our service.
  • We clean up throughout the job, as well as clean up once we are finished working.

We also make sure that all of our employees and sub-contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured. Not to mention that our staff must comply with ongoing drug testing and background checks.

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction with every job we do.

If you have any doubts about our impeccable service record, feel free to read some of our Client’s Testimonials.

To learn more about the Canuck Plumbing and Heating service method or to book a VIP Service of your very own, simply call 587.803.1030 today!

We Now Have Equipment Financing Available!

We know how it is – you need to replace your hot water tank at the last minute and you (and your wallet) were not prepared for the expense.

You can’t be expected to live without access to hot water, so in order to make life a little easier for our customers, we now offer equipment financing plans for purchasing big ticket items.

The item simply needs a serial number in order to be applicable. Although, some exceptions do apply. To learn more about what may be exempt, you can speak directly us by calling 587.803.1030!

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, we offer equipment financing plans for residential homeowners as well as business owners.

Each item, whether a new furnace, an air conditioner, or an on-demand hot water tank can be financed up to 60 months, and can be paid off anytime without penalty.

Our hope is that this will relieve the financial strain and stress of having to replace a big ticket item in your home.

To learn more about how we can help make purchasing a piece of equipment easier, don’t hesitate to contact us today, either by phone 587.803.1030, by email info@canuckplumbing.ca, or simply drop by our location in Fort Saskatchewan!

We Accept Air Miles!

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, we know that it can be kind of a pain to spend your hard-earned cash on replacing a broken toilet or a leaky faucet.

That’s why we are now the only plumbing and heating company in Fort Saskatchewan to offer our customers Air Miles!

Whether it’s parts, service, or the diagnostic charge – the entire amount on your invoice now earns you Air Miles! For non-members, you receive 1 mile for every $40 spent, and members of our Canuck Diamond Club, you earn 1 mile for every $20 spent.

You can learn more about our Canuck Diamond Club here.

That’s a heck of a lot of miles earned if you need to buy and install a brand new furnace. From large to small purchases – it all adds up!

Another way you can earn extra miles is if you already have an Air Miles earning credit card. Use that to pay for your invoice, and voila, you have doubled your miles!

Our hope is that with every plumbing or heating service you require, you keep building on your Air Miles.

If you don’t know about Air Miles, it is a free program that allows you to collect points on purchases that can either be redeemed for cash rewards or travel rewards. You can learn more or get an Air Miles card here.

To learn more about the Canuck Plumbing and Heating Air Miles program, you can call us directly, 587.803.1030, or drop by our location in Fort Saskatchewan.

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We Are Now Open 7 Days a Week!

At Canuck Plumbing and Heating, we are always looking for new ways to serve our customers in Fort Saskatchewan, Edmonton and Northern Alberta even better. As of this year, we’ll have been in business for 15 years!

Part of our initiative to continue bettering ourselves has been to expand our business hours to 10 hours a day (7 am to 6 pm), 7 days a week, in addition to our 24/7 emergency services.

We get it – plumbing or heating issues don’t always arise between Monday and Friday, 9 to 5. Sometimes they just happen, and no one likes waiting a week until they can be made a priority.

Each and every customer is a priority to us, and we aim to offer same day service as much as possible. This is usually heavily based on what time you call in to make an appointment. Obviously, the earlier you can call us, the faster we are able to serve you that same day!

We also know that you lead a busy life, which is sometimes a balancing act between work and life, and that you may not be able to take large chunks of time off of work to accommodate us.

This is just another reason why we are working harder every day of the week, even on weekends, to make sure you can get to that important meeting, make that deadline, or be able to pick your child up from school.

For home repair services that fit your schedule, just call Canuck Plumbing and Heating to schedule an appointment today – 587.803.1030!