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A Weekend Getaway To Rosebud Alberta

A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud Alberta

Rosebud Alberta, population 88, offers the visitor a range of experiences – an impressive feat considering its size. Named for the wild roses that cover the valley in the summer, Rosebud is now a destination for theatre goers, golfers and small town addicts. Its location at the edge of the Canadian Badlands ensures the scenery is first class too. From Calgary, Rosebud is about a 75 minute drive.

What should you do on a weekend getaway to Rosebud Alberta ?

Catch a show at the Rosebud Theatre

The biggest attraction in town is the Rosebud Theatre. People come from all over Alberta to enjoy the programming that starts in March and runs through till December. This year (2019) the season ends with the play A Christmas Story.

From humble beginnings as a summer camp for teenagers, the Rosebud Theatre has gone through lots of changes to become what it is today – a professional theatre company offering six shows every year on two stages.

Over 40,000 people a year now visit the Rosebud Theatre and the little town – enjoying the friendliness of the local community along with an evening of entertainment that includes a buffet dinner before the theatre. There’s also the Rosebud School of the Arts – a Christian theatre and preforming arts college with the students participating in all aspects of the theatre.

Another of the stages in Rosebud
Another of the stages in Rosebud
I attended An Inspector Calls
I attended An Inspector Calls

What else can you do in Rosebud Alberta?

Rosebud is basically a two street town. You could run through the business area in under a minute. But take your time.

Check out the signs detailing the town’s history and you’ll learn a lot. For example, back in prohibition times, pass the ketchup would have had a whole other meaning than it does today. For behind the ketchup, Ben Wishart, the owner of the confectionery kept a supply of whiskey. For 50 cents you could knock back a shot. And apparently he never got caught.

There are several gift shops featuring local artists – with some excellent work that would make great Christmas gifts.

If your timing is right you can visit the Rosebud Country Pie Shoppe (Wednesday – Saturday from 2 – 5 PM only) or park yourself at the Thorny Rose Café – and enjoy everything from breakfast to something more substantial along with a drink.

During the busy season it’s open from 11 AM until 8 PM from Wednesday to Sunday. Wild Horse Jack’s Grill is another option. Located in a western themed space within the same building where theatre goers dine, you can expect a family friendly dining experience.

This is one of the two main streets
This is one of the two main streets in Rosebud
Kith & Kin Artisan Wares - a great little shop filled with local finds
Kith & Kin Artisan Wares – a great little shop filled with local finds
The Hotel Rosebud was built around 1912
The Hotel Rosebud was built around 1912
For a little town it's got its fair share of cute stores
For a little town it’s got its fair share of cute stores
Rosebud owes its existence to the establishment of the railways
Rosebud owes its existence to the establishment of the railways
A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud, Alberta
The view you get off of main street in Rosebud

What should you see near Rosebud Alberta?

John and I had brought our bikes with us to Rosebud and had planned to do a loop ride starting and ending in town. But once we got there we noticed that almost all the side roads were dirt so we nixed that idea and headed for Drumheller, 25 minutes away.

We had a couple of ideas of where we wanted to ride but before we got going, we checked out as we always do the beautiful Horseshoe Canyon. It’s particularly lovely in the fall with lots of red and yellow foliage.

If you like hiking and exploring give yourself a few hours and head down into the canyon, following easy to see trails until you’ve had enough. You’ll find the parking area 17 kilometres west of Drumheller on Highway 9.

Drumheller and the Badlands Country is 25 minutes away
Drumheller and the Badlands Country is 25 minutes away from Rosebud

The 11 Bridges Road to Wayne, Alberta

For a bike ride we elected to do a short easy ride along the 11 Bridges Road to Wayne and the Rosedeer Hotel – Last Chance Saloon – which is normally a popular spot with the weekend motorcycle crowd.

The turnoff for the road is 14 kilometres southeast of Drumheller via Highways 10/56. Look for Highway 10X. Keen cyclists will want to include and out and back ride from Drumheller as well.

This road is a winner from start to finish. Follow the road as it crosses the beautiful Rosebud River (which you can paddle in the spring) via 11 one lane bridges. And even though there isn’t much of a shoulder for cyclists, there are so few cars, it doesn’t matter.

In summer, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at the store near the Rosedeer Hotel. We turned around and retraced our steps once we hit the dirt road.

For another longer bike ride in the Drumheller area check out – A Loop Ride on the Dinosaur Trail.

The start of the 11 bridges drive over 6 kms to Wayne, Alberta
The start of the 11 bridges drive over 6 kms to Wayne, Alberta
One of the 11 bridges
One of the 11 bridges
Spectacular fall scenery along the Rosebud River
Spectacular fall scenery along the Rosebud River
All the bridges are one lane only
All the bridges are one lane only
Stay at the Rosedeer Hotel in themed rooms or grab a beer at the Last Chance Saloon
Stay at the Rosedeer Hotel in themed rooms or grab a beer at the Last Chance Saloon
A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud, Alberta
This is a particularly nice road to bike – until it turns to gravel
A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud, Alberta
We turned around once we hit the dirt road
A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud, Alberta
There’s a lot to do in the Badlands

Judging from the sign highlighting the area near Drumheller, I have a lot more exploring to do.

If you love theatre, plan a trip to Rosebud. Overnight is best so you don’t have to drive back in the dark.

Where can you stay in Rosebud Alberta?

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Considering the population there is a lot of choice when it comes to accommodation, though almost all of it is the B&B variety. Choose from eight B&B’s and the 10 room Rosebud Country Inn. We stayed at the friendly Rose Cottage B&B, offering three bedrooms, a sitting room and a two course candlelit breakfast. It was a minute’s walk at most to the main street. Another highly rated choice is the Stage Door B&B.

If you’re after a hotel head to Drumheller. The Canalta Jurassic would be one of your best choices.

Further reading on things to do in Alberta

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A Weekend Getaway to Rosebud, Albeta

Thank you to the Canadian Badlands and the Rosebud Theatre for making the weekend a reality.

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Sure reminds me of living in Yukon. Looks beautiful. Grew up in a small farm community in Sask. These places seem dear to me!

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