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"Brule" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of Alberta Things to Do Tip by kymbanm

Province of Alberta Things to Do: 159 reviews and 239 photos

  Bule Lake
by kymbanm

I took this turn off Hwy 40 leaving Hinton and heading toward Grande Cache - knowing it wasn't the one I needed for my next destination, but wanting to see what was there ....... a pleasant surprise awaited me :)

Brule Lake is no longer pronounced in the French fashion, but is now pronounced 'brool'. This wonderful little gem is surrounded by National and Provicial parks, as well as wildlife sanctuaries.

Brule history dates back to 1912 when high grade coal was discovered in the area. The coal was mined to supply the Canadian Northern Railway and when World War I broke out in 1914, the town of Brule boomed.

By the early 1920’s, Brule’s’ population had risen to 500 people and the town boasted a theatre, golf-course, Hospital, and even a race track. The good times were short lived, however, and by 1928 the town stood completely empty.

Slowly the town was disassembled and many of the original houses of Brule were moved to Edmonton, where they still stand today. A few of the original houses are still standing in Brule and one can still find the over-grown foundations that were once the pride of a booming town.

Of the many attractions in Brule, Ogre Canyon is the most visited land mark in the area. Other attractions that bring people to the area include horse back adventures,mountain bike trails, and all-terrain vehicle riding. The area also provides accommodation at various B & B’s.

The Nordic centre located in neighboring William Switzer Provincial Park (see my Hinton page) is a popular cross country skiing destination in the winter months and is set to host the 2006 Alberta Winter Games.

Directions: Off of Hwy 40 near Hwy 16 ..... between Hinton and Entrance

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 29, 2005
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