25 Things to Do in Newell County

The County of Newell, which include Brooks, Rolling Hills, and Duchess is located in Southeast Alberta. It is centrally located (about 2 hours) from three of Alberta’s main cities – Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

You will find that the county has plenty of activities for people to enjoy, while always having that welcoming, small town feel to it. Explore Dinosaur Provincial Park, outdoor fun at the Brooks Corn Maze, Newell Lake, or see Alberta’s engineering marvels of the days gone by! Whatever type of activity you are looking for, chances are you will find it in Newell County.

Dinosaur Provincial Park

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This is the most popular destination in the area, though many think that is in Drumheller.

Located about half an from Brooks, this place is a must visit if you are visiting Alberta. Camp, tour, and explore all that Dinosaur Provincial Park has to offer. There is so much to see and do at Dinosaur Provincial Park that in order to truly enjoy the entire extent of the park you should be prepared to stay a day or two. If you are planning on checking out Dinosaur Provincial Park during the busy seasons (July and August) be sure to book in advance so as not to be disappointed. There are plenty of tours to enjoy, and many take you places that are otherwise closed to the public.

Brooks Corn Maze

Get lost in the aMAZEing corn mazes at Brooks Corn Maze. Or, gather some fresh raspberries at their U-pick. Fresh farm produce in available during the summer, and pumpkins are available in October. Whatever you choose, you will be able to enjoy the great outdoors at Brooks Corn Maze. Located South of Brooks on Industrial Road just off of Highway 873. Details

County of Newell Flight Tours

Quikway Air Services offers a wide selection of aerial needs. The biggest attraction, however, is their chartered flights and sightseeing tours. What better way to explore Newell County – Alberta’s badlands than by viewing it from above? Check out the amazing engineering of the Brooks Aqueduct, be amazed by the scenery at Dinosaur Provincial Park, and enjoy the beauty of the many bodies of water that lie within this region. Details

Brooks Aqueduct

The Brooks Aqueduct spans a shallow 3.2 km wide valley, suspending a concrete sling twenty metres above the prairie. This aqueduct was once used to help with irrigation for farms in the area. It is over 90 years old and is now a National and Provincial Historic Site. This monument to pioneers who developed the region can now be toured with a guide during the summer months. Details

Lake Newell – Kinbrook Island Provincial Park

Lake Newell is a fantastic lake for all water enthusiasts. Whether you prefer to play in the sand on the beach, swim in the water, or enjoy the water from a boat or jetski, you can do it all at Lake Newell. Available year round, in the winter patrons enjoy cross country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling, while in the summer they can go geocaching, camping, birding, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, power boating, sailing, swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, and play volleyball. Details

Blackfoot Crossing & Historical Park

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This historical park celebrates the Blackfoot culture. This is a stunning facility completed with amazing performances and Blackfoot cultural experiences. Visitors to the area can check out demonstrations, activities, and events. They can sample traditional foods, and bring home memories for the gift shop. Tour the numerous historic sites within the park and leave feeling more knowledgeable about the exciting Blackfoot culture. Details

Maximum Adventure Park

There are plenty of fun things to do for people at Maximum Adventure Park. You will find fantastic activities such as inflatable bouncers, laser tag, paintball, and bumper cars. Whether you are looking for a rainy day activity or the best birthday party ever, you will not be disappointed at Maximum Adventure Park. Details
Address: 559 Canal Street, Brooks

Duffy’s Fun Centre

Duffy’s Fun Centre is the best arcade in Brooks! With plenty of fun games for all ages this is a popular birthday party destination. Duffy’s is also a great place to take the family on a cold day in the middle of winter. Details
Address: 731 2 Street W, Brooks

Rockwall Fitness Centre

Rockwall Fitness Centre is geared towards people of all ages and abilities. This indoor rock climbing facility is the perfect place to try a new skill or reach the next level. This is a great place to go for some fun, or training for your next big adventure. Details

Rolling Hills Golf & Country Club

In 1992 the community of Rolling Hills came together to create “A little Oasis on the Prairie.” This beautiful golf course is maintained daily, and is one of the friendliest golf courses you will ever encounter. The food served there is also delicious and served in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Details

Bassano Dam

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The Bassano Dam is definitely a sight worth checking out if you are in the area. All the water delivered through the Eastern Irrigation District irrigation system is diverted from the Bow River at the Bassano Dam. A system of over 4500 km or canals and drains, plus thirteen internal storage reservoirs, it serves 1200 irrigation farmers as well as industry, wetland habitat projects, and a population base of 18 000 people. This dam began being built in 1910, and was refurbished in 1984.

Ben’s Bowling

Bowling is always a great activity to do with friends, family, or even co-workers. At Ben’s Bowling participants have the option of playing pool and enjoying some great food on top of bowling! Details

Tumbleweed Theatre

For all those who enjoy live theatre, Tumbleweed Theatre is the place to go in Brooks. With over 13 seasons of theatre there have been many memorable productions including the hilarious Village of Idiots as well as classics such as Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew. Details

Duchess Golf Club

If you are looking for a challenging course with long holes, lots of water hazards, and bunkers, make sure to check out Duchess Golf Club. Reasonable rates and friendly staff make this a great place to play a round of golf. Details

Red Roof Studio

Red Roof Studio is a dream come true for owners Collin and Rit Wildschut. This 4 acre oasis is so much more than you would expect. At Red Roof Studio you will find an art gallery that features many local artists. You will also find Collin’s personal photography studio, Rita’s workspace for her various creations, an outdoor garden and pond, and many art classes. This is also the location of an amazing Bed and Breakfast. Whether you are a local to Newell County or just passing through, this is one stop that you definitely do not want to miss! Address: 25-201 10 82 RR 150 Duchess Details

Newell Concert Association – Griffin Park Theatre

Live performers of all kinds are what you will find through the Newell Concert Association. From musical performances, to dance, to live speakers, to comedy, and more, you will find it all at Newell Concert Association. Tickets are available as season passes with only a few available at the door. Details

EID Historical Park

Established in 1976, the EID Historical Park preserves the history of the settlers who settled the area starting in 1917. This 17 acre park includes the Scandia Pool Elevator with attached office, as well as a cattle car still waiting on the train tracks there. Tours are available and there is even an R.V. lot if you would like to stay there. Details

Lakeside Leisure Centre

Lakeside Leisure Centre is home to many different amenities including the EID Aquatic Centre, the Cenovus Flexhall, a fitness centre, a fieldhouse, an indoor play space, and more. Whether you want to swim, play, watch or enjoy a sport, or exercise, Lakeside Leisure Centre is the place to go. Details

Brooks Golf Course

Brooks Golf Course is a picturesque golf course that was completely renovated and improved in 2011. This 18 hold facility is the perfect place for golfers to come and hone their skills. They also have a fantastic junior program for budding golfers. Details

Brooks & District Museum

Go walk through the ages at Brooks & District Museum. There are artifacts, documents, natural history specimens, maps, and information that provide an overview of the history of the entire Newell district. Discover what it was like for the first ranchers of the area, life during the war years, all about the N.W.M.P. and the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Details

Princess Park

The beautiful village of Duchess has a wonderful little park called Princess Park. This family and dog friendly park is a great place to come, relax, and play. Details

Sage & Thistle Golf Course

This is a gem of a golf course in the heart of the Alberta prairies. Sage & Thistle is a par 36, 18-hole golf course. There are lush fairways with lots of trees and ponds making this golf course as pretty as it is fun. There is also a licensed clubroom with kitchen and bar, providing great options for both your eating and drinking convenience. Website

Kinsmen Park

The Kinsmen Park in Bassano, is a fun place to take the family and your pets. Plenty of space to run and play as well as a fantastic little playground, this is a great place to spend a summer afternoon.

Bassano Outdoor Swimming Pool

Bassano Outdoor Swimming Pool features a 25 meter lane pool that has a diving board as well as a 2 storey water slide. You will also find a 10 person hot tub and a beach entry spray park there. Plus, with a large lawn area and reclining deck chairs, this is a great place to bring the family to play and relax! Details

Meadows Executive Par 3 Golf Course

Open from April through October (weather dependent) this 9-hole golf course is a great place to golf with friends, family, or business associates. It is a welcoming and beautiful course with a full service pro shop. Rates are very reasonable, ranging from $14.00-$24.00. Details

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