Morinville Real Estate – Homes For Sale
In the latter part of the 1800s Father Morin brought French settlers to the area that would become Morinville, Alberta, Canada. This was followed by an influx of German immigrants. A monument in St Jean Baptiste Park lists the names of those early settlers. Some 7,000 people now call Morinville home, many of them bilingual.
In 1907 the St Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church was built, along with the Morinville Convent. Though the convent is no longer in operation, the unique architecture and historical value prompted it and the church being named a National Historic Site in 1975. The church site was outfitted with the Morinville Centennial Clock Tower in 2005 to celebrate Alberta’s 100th anniversary. A bilingual Mass is said at the church each Sunday.
The Morinville Museum, or Musee Morinville, has been recently renovated. It celebrates the bilingual origins of the area and delves into the history of Father Morin. A self-guided Morinville’s Historical Homes and Heroes walking tour begins at the Visitor Information Centre.
Two hotels, a campground and several restaurants are available. Morinville boasts ten playgrounds, ten ball diamonds, several sports fields, a Splash Park and the Ray McDonald Sports Centre. The town is on Highway 2, about 34 kilometres north of Edmonton.