Entwistle and Evansburg are small neighbouring communities in the Foothills region of Alberta. Located between Edmonton and Edson at the intersection of two major highways, they are a good rest stop between Edmonton and Jasper.
Entwistle in Parkland County, and Evansburg in Yellowhead County, are twin hamlets on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountain foothills. They are separated by the Pembina River.
Entwistle claimed the title of the "Diamond Capital of Canada" after a local resident found a diamond in the banks of the Pembina River. There is no longer any diamond mining in the area.
Evansburg is known for being the "Home of the Grouch" and the community chooses a "Town Grouch" Pembina Valley Daze festival in August. The tradition began in 1961, when a local artist was commissioned to create a new welcome sign for the community. To add some humour to the sign, he listed Evansburg's population as "603 people, 29 dogs, 41 cats, and one grouch." Speculation began as to who the grouch was, and in 1979 the Evansburg Chamber of Commerce decided to settle the question by holding an election, in which the community's grouch was elected by the people. The election has been held annually ever since.
Entwistle and Evansburg are located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Cowboy Trail (Highway 22), about 1 hour west of Edmonton.
- 1 Evansburg station, 46 St, Evansburg (south of Hwy 16A where 46 St crosses the railway tracks). This is a "sign post" station with no local services. The Canadian (three times weekly, Vancouver to Toronto) will make a flag stop on 48 hours notice.
It's about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) between the two communities, so it would take about an hour to walk, or 7 min to drive along Alberta Highway 16A.
- 1 Tipple Park Museum, 4924 48 St, Evansburg, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. W-Sa 10AM-5PM. Preserves and showcases the area's railway, agricultural and coal mining history. The museum's symbol is a tipple, or a structure at a mine used to load ore or coal.
- 1 Pembina River Tubing, 53217 Range Road 74A, Entwistle, ☏ . See the Pembina River Valley and gorge by floating down the gentle current. Pembina River Tubing provides tube and life jacket rentals, as well as a shuttle service to bring you back to your vehicle.
- 2 Pembina Valley Golf Club, 53432 Range Road 75, Yellowhead County (2 km north of Evansburg on Range Road 75), ☏ . Family friendly, 9-hole golf course with cart and club rentals, grass greens and a new clubhouse.
- 3 Pembina River Provincial Park, 534 Highway 16A & Township Road (north of the two communities), ☏ , toll-free: . The park is near the Pembina River Gorge, which has cliffs as high as 62 metres. Wildlife include coyote, mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, muskrat, badger, beaver, mink and occasionally black bear. Camping is available. Reserve by phone or online.
- Walking − Enjoy the trail system running from Pembina River Provincial Park through Entwistle and Evansburg.
Each hamlet has a grocery store and a liquor store and a few other shops.
- 1 Bloom & Bliss Flower and Coffee Shop, 5115 50 St, Evansburg, ☏ .
- 2 Evansburg Snackbar, 4918 50 Ave, Evansburg, ☏ .
- 3 Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge, 5023 47 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ . Daily 7AM-10PM.
- 4 Riverside Diner & Lounge, 5109 47 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ . Daily 7AM-10PM.
- 5 Sammy's Restaurant, 5021 47 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ . Daily 8AM-9PM.
- 1 Entwistle RV Campground, 53230 Range Road 74A, Entwistle (from Hwy 16, take Exit 289, W on 45 Ave, S on 50 St, becomes Range Rd 74A), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pembina River Provincial Park (along Hwy 16A between Entwistle and Evansburg in the Pembina River gorge), ☏ .
Hotels and motels
- 2 Iron Wheel Inn, 5102 50 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ .
- 3 Journeyman Inn, 5011 47 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ .
- 4 Pembina River Inn, 5105 47 Ave, Entwistle, ☏ .
|Routes through Entwistle-Evansburg|
|Vancouver ← Edson ←||W E||→ Edmonton → Saskatoon|
|Jasper ← Edson ← Jct N ←||W E||→ Wabamun → Edmonton|
|END ← Mayerthorpe ←||N S||→ Drayton Valley → Rocky Mountain House|