COVID UPDATE EDITION: Bentley, Alberta is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! The businesses around town have worked diligently to make it safe and comfortable for you to visit the town. The rodeo was cancelled this year and some places are shopping by appointment only. If you have your heart set on a certain event or shop, call first! Regardless, it is worth the drive to come see us!
As many of you know, I moved 2 hours north of Calgary after Evan and I came back from our RV road trip through the United States. It was hard to give up my city girl’s life but I’ve become quite fond of the country. After a year, I bought a store in Bentley, Alberta. Now that has become my adopted home town even though I live about 25 minutes away.
Bentley, Alberta is the cutest little town you ever did see and it has a thriving Main Street. Bentley is a quick jaunt off of Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton. We’d love to see you in our little town and there are lots of things to do! Here are some of the must-visit places in Bentley, Alberta (with some must-do things thrown in too).
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Places to Shop in Bentley
Merry’s Mercantile – 5014 50th Avenue – First, you have to come to visit ME! My store is a blend of new and old. We have vintage, antique and new home decor, women’s fashions, jewelry, home decor hardware and more. Follow me on Facebook to see frequent posts of what we have in the store. You can also read about my first year anniversary.
Earthy Accents – 5016 50 Ave – Leslie moved over to my side of the street! Her shop is even bigger and better!
While Leslie at Earthy Accents is a talented florist for your wedding or special occasion needs, she also stocks tons of house plants and succulents. Every time I visit, I find about 1 million plants I want to take home including a few that I’ve never seen before. She also stocks cute pots and a variety of cool products that she curates.
Bentley Cycle – 4932 50th Avenue – Currently shopping is by appointment only so make sure to call ahead! Bentley Cycle has a bike selection you won’t believe you found in a small town. They carry Townie, Electra and more PLUS they do bike repairs. Oh, and if you need a bike bell, they have tons and they are all super cool.
Boho Apothecary – 4934 50th Avenue – Boho Apothecary is the coolest. They make tons of natural bath, beauty and cleaning products (my fave is Clean Freak cleaning spray). They also curate a collection of art pieces, fashion and more. Plus, there are classes for kids and adults too!
Queen Bee – 5011 50th Avenue – Queen Bee is a women’s clothing store with a focus on Canadian made and natural fibre clothing. They also carry great boot, shoe and accessory brands.
Koda’s Kountry Gems N Things – 5016A-50th Ave – Koda’s has a unique selection of jewelry, candy, kid’s clothing, pet clothing and more.
Benner’s Billiards – 4937 50th Avenue – In the market for a pool table or other game table? Benner’s Billiards has you covered! They also stock pool, darts and shuffleboard supplies.
Simply Country – 4921 50th Avenue – Simply Country carries country decor and giftware.
The Kite Guys – 4901 50 Avenue – You have never seen a selection of kites this huge! Call to make an appointment to shop or shop their huge online store!
Places to Eat and Drink in Bentley
The Drop Coffee and Tea – 5013 50th Avenue – Small town coffee shops are NOT created equal. The Drop is my absolute favourite. I get a coffee there almost every day! Don’t like coffee? They have a great selection of teas as well as Italian Sodas. Feeling a bit peckish? You MUST try their scones! I suggest people grab a drink from The Drop before they visit me because sipping a latte and shopping is definitely a thing. Plus they have expanded to add patio seating!
The Monkey Top Saloon – 5002 50 Avenue – The Monkey Top Saloon is well known in the area. They are always busy and have great wings, Monkey chips (homemade potato chips) and pizza. It is a favourite for bikers in the summer and sledders in the winter. There is often live music on the weekends (this has been put on hold during Covid). The only downside? Minors are not allowed so if your kids are with you, you can’t go.
Piccolo Pizza Bentley – 5013 50 St – Piccolo is our go-to for takeout in Bentley though it is great to dine in as well. They have great pizza though my favourite item on their menu is their chicken stirfry. The Wor Wonton is a favourite of many locals too. Plus it is locally owned and operated.
Not up for a pub or pizza? Lacombe is less than half an hour away and has loads of great restaurants too. Check out my post of Lacombe Eats for ideas!
Things to Do In Bentley (Summer)
Rent a Bike from Bentley Cycle and Head to the Beach – Hit the trails and head to Aspen Beach for fun in the sun. The sandy beach is perfect for kids and riding there is easy peasy. Plus, you don’t have to haul your own bikes!
Bentley Farmer’s Market – Head to the Bentley Curling Rink any Saturday from May Long Weekend to September Long Weekend for the Bentley Farmer’s Market. You will find loads of vendors with fresh vegetables, baking, handmade products and more.
Bentley Museum – 4929 51st Avenue – Check out the Bentley Museum housed in a 1924 farmhouse. You’ll get a trip back in time to see how first Central Albertan settlers lived. Check the website for days they are open.
Bentley Rodeo and Parade – 2021 dates TBD – While the rodeo lasts two days, the events in Bentley run Thursday through Sunday with pancake breakfasts, a parade (on Thursday) and more. It’s the perfect weekend to experience Bentley!
Playground at Bentley – 5314 49 Street – The Bentley School has an amazing playground that is open to the public during the summer.
Things to Do In Bentley (Winter)
Ice Fishing on Gull Lake – One of my favourite views in winter is frozen Gull Lake covered with ice fishing shacks. People flock to the ice to try their hand at ice fishing. Their shacks come in every shape and size and level of comfort. The pic above is from my visit to friend’s ice fishing shack.
Don’t’ worry, you can try out ice fishing without buying all the stuff. Both Adventure Ice Fishing and Gull Lake Fishing Charters have ice luxury fishing rentals. You can rent a fishing “shack” for a day outing or overnight. Holes are pre-drilled for you and they warm up the shack so this is a great way to experience ice fishing without freezing your bum off.
Bentley Ski Hill – It’s not the same as skiing in the mountains but Bentley does have their own ski hill. Medicine Lodge Ski Club is open when there are decent conditions for skiing. Make sure to confirm they are open and bring cash or cheque.
It’s a great way to explore a bit more of Central Alberta and have fun doing it. I love getting to know my new small-town home and I know you will too. Make sure and stop in to see me when you visit!