The Village of Alix is just over half an hour NE from Red Deer – it’s full of country charm and friendly folks. Here are five ways to unwind a weekend in this lovely rural village.
One: Visit the museum
Start outside the Wagon Wheel Museum at the local heritage mural to get a sneak peek at the region’s history – then head inside to see artifacts and photographs depicting 100 years of pioneer life, local wildlife and sports history. And make sure to ask about the big locally infamous beaver pulled from the lake that now resides here too.
Two: Come for a special event
The village holds three annual events in the summer – a movie under the stars, the Alix Day parade and festival and a classic car show n shine.
This year, the movie in the park is on Sun, July 19 and they’ll be showing The Nut Job – a fitting story about an incorrigible squirrel and his park-dwelling friends. Alix Day is on Sat, Aug 16 with a parade and free events down by Alix Lake. Followed by the annual Show n shine on Sun, Aug 17 with a BBQ on Main Street.
Three: Golf the shores of Haunted Lake
The Haunted Lakes golf course has 9 holes along the shores of Haunted Lake. Each hole has three tees for a variety of skill levels and open and treed fairways. Watch out for water on four of the holes – and take care on the 6th restaurant and even stay the night at the campsites within walking distance from the course.
Four: Hike the nature trail
The 6 km trail around Alix Lake is a lovely place for an easy nature walk or a family bike. The gravel trail follows close to the shore and the lake and all those trees are home to birds and lots of wildlife. Pick up the trail at Lake St.
Five: Relax around a campfire
Beside the campsites at the golf course, you can also camp at Content Bridge, Ol’ MacDonalds and Alix Lake. The Alix Lake rec area has 11 stalls on the shores of the beautiful lake – with a playground, swimming area, showers and a concession (I bet that means ice cream!).
Ol’ MacDonalds has sites for tents, RVs and groups. The family resort is always a big hit with the kids – it’s got a sandy beach, lots of playgrounds, train and wagon rides, mini-golf, a petting zoo and arcade. You’ll also get to try their famously gooey fresh-basked cinnamon buns.