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  • Writer's pictureTracy Lynn Singer

Rundle's Mission Retreat

Updated: Feb 21, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of photographing some of the upgrades done in the cabins at Rundle's Mission Retreat on the North shore of Pigeon Lake Alberta. I had never been out to this beautiful location before but after my first visit I can't wait to go back to the non-profit Alberta Historical Site retreat.

Rev. Robert Rundle established the mission in 1847 by the site of an artesian well. For many years the Nakoda and Cree would meet at the mission for worship and council. In 1957 The Rundle's Mission Society was formed and the lodge was added to the site built by master log builder Hobart Dowler. Today the mission offers educational programs and hosts youth and school groups throughout the year as well as being an unparalleled destination for a getaway only 1 hour from the city of Edmonton Alberta.

The facility boast 23 stunning acres with rolling hills and trees with an amazing view of the lake. With access to 220 acres of Nature Conservancy, 6 km of walking trails and cross country ski trails in the winter months it is a wonderful year-round getaway. In the Summer you have a short walk to the beach with swimming area and a playground for the kids who want to have fun outside the water. It's hard to ask for more, but the list goes on with 4 golf courses in the area as well as boutique shopping and local restaurants to visit for a relaxing meal or drink with friends. For those who prefer to stay close to the lodge, the grassy area is perfect for bocce ball, football, soccer, tossing a frisbee, or flying a kite with the kids.

With a warm inviting feeling in both guest houses as well as the hand hewn log cabin boasting many amenities including a fully stocked catering kitchen and large open meeting rooms Rundle's Mission will fit any size group.

The site offers accommodations for up to 100 people including RV spots and tenting options on top of the guest houses and log cabin.

The guest cabins were the focus of my photographs this visit with plans in the works to capture photos of the lodge in the spring. The Guest Cabins Sleep up to 10 people and include an ensuite in each room as well as a handicap accessible room and shower in each cabin. With a kitchen well stocked with dishes and appliances you may need as well as a comfortable living room complete with board games the Mission offers a chance for you to relax, unplug and enjoy yourself in a beautiful setting.

Rundle's Mission Retreat can fit any need from weddings to family reunions, company retreats, church groups or just a family vacation or gathering with friends. To see a list of all their amenities be sure to check out their website at

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