Outdoor Features


Sponsored by the Blackfalds & District Agricultural Society the amphitheatre is located on the north-east portion of the Abbey Centre grounds, and is a popular site for cultural events and programs.

Find out how to rent out the Amphitheatre.

Please check out our 2021 Summer Culture Series in our Spring/Summer Program Guide. Free family entertainment (and popcorn!) every Thursday from June until August.

Dinosaur Playground

Accessible 24/7, the Dinosaur Playground is available for family fun and spontaneous play. With the convenience of the public washrooms in the Abbey Centre during regular hours and the safety and security of being on the Abbey Centre grounds, the outdoor playground is a great destination for active families.

The Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail)

Connecting Blackfalds to Red Deer and Lacombe, the Great Trail is an integral recreation and tourism resource. The Abbey Centre has the honour of being the only place in Canada where the Great Trail travels indoors. The trail enters the second level of the Abbey Centre where users will experience the natural look of the indoor trail as they pass through the field house area. The Great Trail is free to the public and users are also invited to enjoy the other local trails in and around the Abbey Centre grounds. See detailed Great TrailĀ map or Parks & Trails map.

Outdoor Fitness

The Outdoor Fitness Park, sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross and Eagle Ridge Homes, is a great place for the community to get out and get active at no cost. This fitness park is located next to the Great Trail, making it an ideal stop along your walk or ride to establish a workout routine.

Veterans Monument

In partnership with the Blackfalds & Area Historical Society and Veterans Affairs Canada, the Abbey Centre proudly displays a war monument to remember and honour our local war heroes. Built by artists Voyager Art & Tile Inc. from Red Deer, the monument provides both a quiet place of reflection and a location forĀ annual Remembrance Day services.