Lacombe is Alberta’s mural capital

Lacombe’s historic downtown features 40 murals in the back alleys that tell the story of Lacombe’s history.

The murals were done by artists Tim Giles, John Ellenberger and Robert Murray. The scenes in the murals draw from archival photos.

“The Early Years on Nanton Street,” recreated on the north wall of the Lacombe YU Youth Center on 50th street. As you stand back and view the mural, you will see that many of these buildings have not changed in 100 years. This mural was created by Tim Giles. (City of Lacombe)

The town’s beginnings

Lacombe’s first set of 20 murals depicts life in Lacombe between 1890 and 1910. Start your mural tour on the street mall on 52 St – across from the Memorial Centre – and follow the lane east to the Royal Bank on 50 St.

The murals give you a glimpse in the past, including the original train station, old steam trains, a historic fire, famous residents, early homesteads and horses.

Mary and Samuel Frizzell, homesteaders in 1906 in the Iowalta district. (City of Lacombe)

A large mural of Nanton Street on 50 St displays Lacombe’s original commercial buildings.

Lacombe in the 1930s

Across the street, behind the Bank of Montreal, you can see what Lacombe was like in the 30s, featuring diesel trains and vintage cars.