Sundre is an emerging resort town on the Red Deer River. It was established by cowboys, rangers and a Norwegian postman. In the summer its small population of 2,700 is joined by a constant stream of campers, hikers, "just-out-of-college" back-packers, cowboys, golfers, art lovers, and international tourists. Its commercial centre is the 2nd largest in the region and it is just possible that there are more stores, coffee shops and services than residents.
- 1 Sundre Airport (located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) southwest of Sundre). Small airport for private aircraft, operated by Mountain View County
A car is essential; rentals are available in Calgary and Red Deer. Sundre is about 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Calgary; travellers have the option to take Highway 2 north to Highway 27 at Olds (exit 340) and then head west, or for a more scenic route take Highway 1A to Cochrane and follow Highway 22 north.
- 1 Bergen International Sculpture Garden (from Sundre, 6.6 km south on Hwy 760, 1.6 km west on Twp Rd 322, 350 m south on Rge Rd 54). A forested garden displaying stone sculptures (6 to 12 feet high) created each summer by artists from around the world. The collection represents India, Cuba, Kenya, Vietnam (3), Thailand, Armenia, Ireland (2), and Canada.
- 2 Otter Pottery, 829 Main Ave W, ☏ . Exhibit gallery of barrel-fired pottery by Sundre Artist David Todd, who uses a primitive firing pit and glazes made from the ash of local trees.
- 3 Sundre & District Museum (Sundre Pioneer Village Museum & World of Wildlife), 211 1 Ave SW, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Showcases Western culture of ranching, rodeos, and taming the wild. The Chester Mjolsness World of Wildlife, part of the museum, offers a collection of preserved animals from around the world.
- Hike along the Red Deer River in town or explore numerous backcountry trails to the west.
- 1 Painted Warriors Ranch (from Sundre, 26 km south on Hwy 22, 6.8 km west on Twp Rd 312, 2.5 km north on Rge Rd 51), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Aboriginal adventures and learning centre. Vistors will learn about aboriginal culture, taken on a walk through the woods, eat traditional indigenous foods, and learn to shoot bow and arrow.
- Trail Rides. There are several outfitters located near Maintain Aire Lodge, southwest of Sundre.
- 2 Coyote Creek Golf Club, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Golf club with views of the mountains and a trout pond.
- 3 Forest Heights Golf Course, 4451 Twp Rd 340, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com.
- 4 Sundre Golf Club (Hwy 22/27 on the east side of Sundre), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Semi-private golf course, 18 holes, Par 72.
- 5 Hunter Valley Adventures (see website for directions), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Offers whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding or hiking and classic camp games.
- 6 Mukwah Rafting Tours (60 km west of Sundre via Hwy 584 and Coal Camp Road), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mukwah Rafting Tours operates in the Red Deer River west of Sundre. Cabins and camping available on site.
- Kayak on the Red Deer River, there are several launch areas in the Sundre area including the Greenwood Campground.
- 1 Kodiak BBQ & Deli, 557 Main Ave W, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-F 7AM-3PM, Sa 8AM-2PM. Eat-in or take-out options, daily lunch specials, and breakfast. BBQ catering service also available.
- 2 Original T's, 401 Main Ave W, ☏ . Daily 11AM-10PM. Pizza and Canadian cuisine.
- 3 Piros Family Restaurant, 110 Main Ave W, ☏ . Greek, Canadian, and Mediterranean cuisine.
- 1 Chinook Country Inn, 120 2 St SW, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in downtown Sundre.
- 2 Mountain View Inn & Suites, 706 Main Ave E, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Sundre's newest hotel, close to the Sundre Golf & Country Club. Starting at $159.
- 3 Rustlers Lodge, 32578 Range Road 52 (east Border of Sundre, Hwy 22/27 directly across from the Sundre Golf Club), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Boutique Bed & Breakfast lodge, providing guest rooms, a banquet room, indoor pool and hot tub.
- 4 Schott's Lake RV & Guest Ranch (20 minutes west of Sundre on Hwy 584), ☏ . Located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, this 160 acre site boasts its own private, spring fed lake, the "Ranch House" restaurant, newly renovated motel rooms, seasonal rustic cabins and recreational campground (coming Spring 2020).
- 5 Sundre Motor Inn, 101 3 St SW, ☏ . Located in downtown Sundre; low-rise, budget motel.
- 1 Visitor Information Centre (Sundre & District Chamber of Commerce), 500 Main Ave E, ☏ . Winter (Sept-May): F-Su noon-2PM; Summer (Jun-Aug): 10AM-5PM.
- 2 Bergen: a small settlement located 11 km (7 mi) south of Sundre on Highway 760 with directional signage to "Beautiful Downtown Bergen". This "downtown" is a single building acting as a general store, ice-cream shop, post-office, museum, and library. Bergen is home of the Bergen Rocks International Sculpture Symposium.
- 3 Bearberry: 26 km (16 mi) west of Sundre on Highway 584 along the James River, contains a traditional pioneer-style general store. The James River Ranger Station from early 1900s was moved to Bearberry and opened as museum, artisan shop and gallery. Bearberry Community Hall has campgrounds and can be rented for group events.
- 4 Westward Ho: is a valley hamlet 9 km (6 mi) east of Sundre and along the Little Red Deer River; a general store serves its year-round campground and recreational area.
- Bears & cougars: The mountains and foothills are bear country and home to the cougar. Understanding wildlife and how they interact with people is key to remaining safe. Bear Smart information is available from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, which also recommends walking in groups of 3 or more, sealing food and removing all trash from any site you visit.
- Wild Horses travel in herds dominated by a single male who can become aggressive when threatened. View these noble creatures from a distance.
- Moose large wild animals that can cause injury by charging. They are common throughout the region and can be seen on the roadways and even walking down the centre of towns or in parks.
- Driving and wildlife Deer and moose frequently cross roads and highways, presenting dangers to drivers. If you see wildlife from any distance, near or on a road way, slow down and be prepared to stop suddenly. They are most difficult to spot at night.
- Temperatures in summer range from 18-32°C with strong sunlight. Winter temperatures range from 0°C to -40°C. Very low humidity makes it possible (even pleasant) to insulate yourself from the winter cold with layers of warm clothing.
- Sundre Hospital and Care Centre, 709 1 St NE, ☏ . This facility provides a range of healthcare services including a 24/7 emergency department.
|Routes through Sundre|
|Drayton Valley ← Rocky Mountain House ←||N S||→ Cochrane → Turner Valley & Black Diamond|
|END ←||W E||→ Olds → Drumheller|