Visitor Information Centre

Did You Know... The Athabasca Visitor Information Centre offers more than just information for incoming visitors. Area residents heading out on provincial excursions can pick up helpful resources from the centre, too.


Athabasca Visitor Information Centre for Locals, Too

(l-r) Laura Barfoot, Tourism and Economic Development Officer for Athabasca County, 
with one of the displays inside the Athabasca Visitor Centre; and an outside view of the centre taken during the Canada Day parade, 2014.

The Athabasca Visitor Information Centre (VIC), located in the historic Athabasca Train Station on 50th Ave., is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch).

Some area residents may think that the centre is focused only on serving the interests of tourists and visitors. In reality, there are a couple of reasons why locals should also stop in and check out the facility.

Not only does the VIC provide excellent insight into local and regional events and attractions, but it offers helpful resources for area residents who are heading out on provincial excursions.

“We have local information covering the town and the county and we have visitor guides from across the province, as well as Alberta road maps, campground guides and lodging guides,” says Laura Barfoot, Tourism and Economic Development Officer for Athabasca County.

Visitors and locals alike will enjoy the displays and historic artifacts arranged throughout the centre. In fact, if you have family or friends visiting from out of town, you should include a trip to the VIC in your entertainment plans.

Helping Laura staff the centre this year are Ida Edwards and Brittany Kwasney, both friendly and knowledgeable Athabasca area residents.

The centre will remain open through August and into September.

“We will keep it open until at least the Labour Day long weekend in September,” says Laura. “It will depend on the amount of traffic we see coming through the centre. If there is enough interest, we’ll keep it open longer.”

For more information about the Athabasca Visitor Information Centre call Laura at 780-675-2273.


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