The Village at Pigeon Lake is a quaint tourist destination about 1 hour southwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Or about 2.5 hours north of Calgary. It is just north of highway 13 between Falun and Winfield. The Village itself is not on most maps, and consists of just over a dozen shops and restaurants. It is a popular summer tourist destination but it is also open in the winter.
The stores and restaurants in the Village at Pigeon Lake close Christmas Day and New Years Day. Some also close on Boxing Day, Easter Sunday, and Thanksgiving Day, but every business has its own schedules. Most are open every day otherwise (including Sundays).
In the winter there are most certainly fewer customers in the stores, fewer guests at the inn, and it is easier to make appointments at the very popular Spa, or a table at one of the restaurants. Most stores have sales throughout the winter months to bring people out!
The stores and restaurants tend to have shorter hours in the winter than in the summer but you can count on most of the stores being open at least from 10:00 to 5:00, with extended hours for the restaurants. There are often events throughout the winter (see below).
Hay rides in November at the Village at Pigeon Lake, photo by author
If you have never been to The Village at Pigeon Lake you should make a plan to visit this unique destination.
Here is a quick run down of some of the businesses in alphabetical order:
ATB – bank open Monday to Friday
Canada Post – located within the Village Market Chef N’ – new to the village, restaurant and lounge, set to open by February 2016 Daisy McBeans – ice cream, nostalgic candy, breakfast and lunch Eco Cafe – fine dining in a cozy cafe style restaurant Essentials Spa – fantastic spa, book ahead for Saturday appointments Fenced Fashions – casual clothing for men and women, bathing suits, footwear Lakestyle N’Cuts – hair salon and nails Leibels Pharmacy – all your needs, located within the Village Market Petro Canada – gas station, lottery tickets
Purolator – located within the Fenced Fashions store The Clothing Store – fine ladies clothing and jewelry The Village Emporium – gifts, garden, Christmas, kitchen, and so much more Village Auto Wash – car wash, just past the Village Village Creek Country Inn – hotel and meeting rooms, catering available
Village Furniture – Opening mid March 2016. Bedroom, dining, living room and accent pieces Village Market – grocery store with bakery, butcher, and so forth Village Pizza and Sub – eat in, or take out Western Spirits – liquor store
Nearby are places for people to go cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, or just to walk around the lake and take pictures. There are also meeting rooms that can be booked for groups and many people come out for scrap-booking retreats and so forth.
Also in the area, and open year round, there are several Bed and Breakfasts and Backstreet Antiques Store, and may golf courses in the area for summer.
Prior to Christmas the Village at Pigeon Lake has, in the past, had hay rides on Saturdays (weather permitting) and has held different customer appreciation nights (with free hot dogs and games). There is a weekend “Christmas in the Village” event, popular for woman and includes 2 nights at the Inn and many shopping specials and demonstrations. There may be fireworks nights, and other events, every year is slightly different. Family Day (February) also sees family friendly events (2016 the theme will be Frozen).
The stores all have different specials throughout the winter, as do the restaurants – including the Eco Cafe with 2 nights a week being a Theme Dinner where they have a 5 course meal featuring the foods of a different country each month.