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Small Town Charm in Bentley, Alberta

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. You don’t want to miss the small town charm in Bentley, Alberta so I thought I’d give you a few reasons to come and visit.

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).

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 (it’s crazy that this summer will be 3 years!)

The front facade of Earthy Accents in Bentley Alberta

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.

Wood items at Cabin-ish Custom wood works in Bentley Alberta

Cabin-Ish Custom Wood Works – Bay #2, 5201 – 49A Ave – Cabin-ish is the newest store in the Bentley family. If you can make it out of wood, they can make it for you! While they are amazing on custom jobs, their store is a great stop on your visit to Bentley because they have lots of items in store that are available for purchase.

Bicycles in all colors and styles at Bentley Cycle in Bentley Alberta

Bentley Cycle – 5018 49th Ave, Bentley – 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.

The Weekender – 4932 50 Ave – Bentley Cycle’s sister store with women’s fashions, giftware, and more.

Products from The Boho Apothecary

Boho Apothecary – Boho Apothecary is the coolest. They make tons of natural bath, beauty and cleaning products (my fave is Clean Freak cleaning spray). They are no longer in a store front but you can still find their wares at TheBoho.ca

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, locally made items, 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! Visit their shop on Main Street or shop their huge online store!

Places to Eat and Drink in Bentley

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Head over to my post about Where to Eat in Bentley to check out all the great options in town.

Things to Do In Bentley (Summer)

Colorful mural in Bentley Alberta

Check out the Bentley Mural on the wall of Merry’s Mercantile – Artist, Lauren Cowles painted this beautiful mural that represents the natural beauty around Bentley. We hope you love it as much as we do. Make sure to take a picture with the butterfly wings!

Visit Sandy Point – Sandy Point has a great, sandy beach that is open to the public. On weekends they usually have a food truck as well. Note that there is a charge for parking at the beach.

Visit Ebeling Beach Day Use Park – Get there early because this Alberta Parks beach is very popular. It has picnic tables and fire pits for day use as well as a concession stand selling food.

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 – August 4-7, 2022 – 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!

Don’t Forget to Pin for Later!

Sheila

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thanks Merry, You did a great job on promoting Bentley!!

Alexis Skeels

Friday 6th of March 2020

Thank you so much Merry. I knew I liked you for a reason, :) My niece, near Edmonton, shared this to me this morning and it made my day. You did a beautiful job. Thanks Again

Suerea Haymour

Thursday 5th of March 2020

This a great piece about Bentley. I live in Bentley and I love your store! But funny thing I have never seen the Billiard place.

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 5th of March 2020

It's next to the Chiropractor!

Sheryl Boyes

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hi Merry. I think you did a lovely job of featuring Bentley. Having been born and raised there 70+ years ago, it’s fun to learn how people view it now. The butcher shop is a billiards place, the Mercantile is a bar, and so on and so on. I looked at your street address but it didn’t mean anything to me. You’d have to tell me what it was 60 years old ago for me to know your location. 😜. Just my view from the past.

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 5th of March 2020

That is so cool! My store is where the hardware store was!

Barb

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Merry! This is awesome and I have linked on our Town FB

Merry Kuchle

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Thank you!!!!