Aspen Springs Rustic Barn Retreat & Event Centre


Suggestion: bring a blanket and picnic basket to enjoy rest breaks while you engage in self-guided discovery of our multi-use recreational farm.

Cash sale of local goods includes (please bring coins, small bills):

  • authentic Dutch faire provided by our neighbours from The Wooden Shoe, Gull Lake (deep fried oliebollen, kroketten, frikandel).
  • organic direct trade Honduran coffee roasted by the Good Neighbour Coffee Company, Lacombe.
  • honey from Luymes Apiaries (across the road from our farm).

Self-guided discovery:

  1. Tour the 1954 vintage gambrel roof barn, repurposed as an event centre; read about 1920’s Dutch migration to Lacombe and our family’s history on the farm from 1945 to present.
  2. Walk trails around crop perimeters (alfalfa) through old growth forests of spruce, aspen, tamarack and birch. Experience our current commitment to conserve wetland biodiversity and habitat. Take a moment to rest on the benches along the trail and listen to nature.
  3. Play yard games such as bean bag and frisbee toss or enjoy a pickup game of soccer or football.
  4. Listen to our matriarch’s stories of early days on the farm and view household artifacts and handiwork.
  5. Explore the artifact garden; the old cream separator, harnesses, travel trunk, wheels, saws and tools. Enjoy the 1945 John Deere D tractor up close; one of the first pieces of machinery to replace our workhorses.
  6. Pose for photos with our horse sculptures and vintage yard furniture.

Join us on August 18th or 19th when more than 100 farms, ranches and ag-tourism operators open their gates and invite visitors to share in local stories, see on-farm demonstrations and purchase locally grown and produced products.

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