Directions: Exit Edmonton on Hwy 16 east, turn left at Hwy 15, continue on Hwy 855 (through Sawchuk Street in Mundare), and continue on Range Road 164.
Distance: 116 km, or about 1 hour and 23 minutes, from Edmonton.
Andrew is home to the former premier of Alberta, the Honourable Ed Stelmach. It is also home to the world’s largest mallard ducka 1-tonne creation with a wingspan of 7.2 metreslocated in the Lions Club Park on the southeast corner of Highways 855 and 45. The giant duck was built in 1992 in honour of area wetlands such as nearby Whitford Lake, three kilometres northwest of Andrew. The lake is a popular breeding ground for mallards and is part of a migration flyway; it serves as a rest and refuelling stop for birds flying hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometres on routes that span North America.
Whitford Lake has three watchable wildlife sites with viewing platforms, signed trails, and boardwalks. Birders will especially enjoy visiting here during spring and fall migration. Look high up to spot flocks of mallardsat 6,400 metres, they have one of the highest migration heights.
Andrew Grain Elevator Interpretive Centre Location: 531350th Avenue, Andrew.
Info: Open weekends from June through September, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment year-round. An annual family corn roast is held in August. Admission is charged. 780-365-3632.
This provincial historic site not only houses a very well-preserved grain elevator, but also displays artifacts related to the early grain trade and the area’s rural lifestyle.
Location: 5120-51st Avenue, Andrew, in the old Canadian Pacific Railway Station.
Info: Call in advance for appointment availability. Small admission is charged. 780-3653687. Pauline Cuthbert 780-365-2237.
Visitors will see artifacts, farm machinery, hand tools, and late-19th-century European clothing from countries including Germany, Romania, Poland, and different areas of Ukraine. Annual events include the Babas & Borscht Ukrainian Festival (August), Sport-Off (July 1), and Garlic Festival (October).