July Pilgrimage Event
This is a special year, post COVID-19, and Lac Ste. Anne County would like to notify residents of a few updates regarding the 2022 Pilgrimage. The event will take place from July 26-29, at the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage site (please refer to lacsteannepilgrimage.ca for the latest information).
Increase in Attendance Expected July 23-29, 2022
As there hasn’t been the opportunity for this event to be held the past two years, we are expecting a larger than average attendance. There has been an announcement that His Holiness Pope Francis will be attending the Pilgrimage for one day of the event (July 26). The County will continue to send notifications out for residents that will impact road closures, a bus shuttle arrangement and more details as they continue to become available.
Here is a copy of the announcement regarding the itinerary as of June 23: Catholic Bishops Welcome Announcement of Program for Papal Visit to Canada - Pope Francis in Canada
The safety of our residents remains our top priority. We ask area residents to stay tuned to our social media forums as we get closer to the date of this event, and we thank you for your patience as it relates to potential disruptions.
Note that this year’s Pilgrimage dates, as published by the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, are July 26-29, 2022. This event is the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada and adjoins the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation who live on the west end of the lake.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering at this event, please visit the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage website (papalvisit.ca) for their volunteer application form and for further details.
Future Social Media
Please note that Lac Ste. Anne County is not directly or indirectly planning this event, and we remain an unbiased supporter in our communication efforts. Any future social media posts on the County’s social media forums which are deemed inappropriate will be removed.
We have been working with the RCMP on a road network plan for the period of July 25-29, 2022 (which is still being updated as of June 23). This will result in numerous blocked roads, allowing local traffic only. In coordination with the road closures, we will be issuing passes for residents to allow them to travel to/from work or other commitments during this week. We do recommend minimizing travel, if possible, as there is expected travel delays on every County Road in the area.
A draft of the impacted road closures which will be affected is attached here: Road Closure Map Pilgrimage
UPDATE June 20: Two passes per household and a draft of the expected road closure map will be mailed to Lac Ste. Anne County residents this week. During the Pilgrimage, we will ask residents in the affected area to please put a pass in your vehicle dashboard as the RCMP will be at all entrances. A copy of this information will also be provided to administration at each of the Summer Villages to coordinate their separate communication efforts to residents; a copy has also been provided to surrounding municipalities.
Special Event Vendor Applications
Applications, specific to this event, have been updated and are available online - please visit Special Event Vendor Application. Note that applications are not valid for the date July 26, 2022. Further, Alberta Health Services has some important information for special events, with links as follows: Environmental Public Health, Plan an Event, and Safe Healthy Environments (to register for food safety training).