Construction is underway!

Shovels hit the ground in summer of 2023 marking the formal construction of the The Pointe (Pointe-aux-Pins Acres) agricultural event centre, following Council’s approval on the facility design and scope. View the media release.

Last modified: Feb. 21, 2024, 9:28 a.m.
Architectural rendering of the facility building

The Pointe Agricultural Event Centre at Pointe-Aux-Pins Acres represents a vital link to the importance of agriculture in our community. The vision for The Pointe represents a deeply rooted sense of community and will be a place to connect our future with our past. The new centre will be a community gathering space where agriculture heritage and rural roots are preserved and continue to grow.


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Amenities

The Pointe’s accessible design meets a wide-variety of facility uses and features a main show arena with concrete floor, temperature-controlled animal housing and animal wash bays for showing and cool down. The design also includes considerations for bio-security measures for animal and human health. There will be functional support for events, with separate entrances for exhibitors and attendees. A multi-purpose room will also be available for meetings, educational opportunities or to act as a support space during events.

A community gathering place for year-round agricultural events and community activities, The Pointe is also a place for non-traditional agricultural activities and demonstration events. 

The main building will be approximately 100,000 square feet, including the animal housing component. The Pointe facility floor plan (734.7 KB)

Facility highlights

  • Fully accessible multi-functional space for agricultural and community programs, events and activities 
  • Synergies with outdoor spaces and the Bremner Heritage Site
  • High quality air turnover to support a variety of events
  • Concrete floors in the show arena, animal housing areas
  • Animal stalls in the housing area are adjustable with the ability to fit up to 120 stalls each 10’x10’ in size
  • Main show arena is 263' long x 132' wide (+75' x 132' runout)
  • Future development opportunities with room to expand indoors and outdoors
  • Functional support for events, with separate entrances for exhibitors and attendees 
  • Divisible multi-functional room for meetings, educational opportunities, or to act as a support space during events 
  • WiFi and A/V integration throughout the building, as well as a state-of-the-art lighting control system to promote energy efficiency

About the name - Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe)

  • The name Pointe-aux-Pins Acres anchors the new amenity  in community heritage. The Pointe is a destination where people from across Strathcona County and the region can enjoy agricultural and community events. 
  • The County considers the history of our community and points of interest in the local area or region when considering new facility names.   
  • Pointe-aux-Pins Creek is a significant water feature on Strathcona County’s landscape. One of only a few place names in the County known to have a French origin, the name translates literally as “pointed at the pines.” The creek flows into the North Saskatchewan River from the southeast - from the higher elevations in Beaver Hills. In the late 1800s, Pointe-aux-Pins Creek was the last of four creek crossings for travellers making the twenty-one mile journey by land from Strathcona, at the north end of the Canadian and Edmonton railway line known as the “end of steel”, to Fort Saskatchewan.  

A place to show the past, present and future of agriculture

  • Pointe-aux-Pins Acres will be a community gathering space where agriculture heritage and rural roots are preserved. 
  • It will complement Bremner Heritage Site, including Bremner House, a 5,400 square-foot home built by Charles Bremner in 1912 or 1913. Strathcona County Council purchased Bremner House in 2004 to preserve a piece of the community's heritage for future generations. 
  • Opportunities to see, learn, and get involved could include agri-educational opportunities.

 Easily accessible

  • Close to Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, Pointe-aux-Pins Acres is a 230-acre parcel of land surrounding the Bremner Heritage Site at 53462 Range Rd 225, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4V3. 
  • It will be easy to access from Highway 21 at Township Road 534, and close to major transportation routes including the Yellowhead Highway and the Anthony Henday.

Project history

From the beginning, the vision for a multi-purpose agricultural facility was driven by the expressed need for agricultural recreation space in the community. Every step of the way, the project was built on sound decisions, research, planning and engagement. The design process on large infrastructure projects includes refinements at every stage, from concept development and throughout schematic design. Throughout this process, Strathcona County has confirmed direction with Council and the community to ensure the facility supports community needs.

Pointe-aux-Pins Acres project timeline

  • At the July 4 Council meeting, Council proposed revisions to the scope for the Pointe-Aux-Pins Acres site, with construction set to begin summer 2023.
  • At the March 14, 2023 Council meeting, administration was directed to complete the next phase of the progressive design-build process of The Pointe and prepare a report for Council's consideration by July 4, 2023 with detailed construction cost estimates and a refined construction schedule.
  • Administration proceeding with a Progressive Design-Build delivery method for construction projects for the indoor arena and animal housing facility. Progressive Design-Build brings the design and construction team together at the beginning, allowing greater efficiency and providing more certainty of the cost to build.  
  • The Progressive Design-Build incorporates Council’s direction to include a concrete arena floor and building space to accommodate animal housing (as per Council motion, October 25, 2022). 
  • Construction of site utilities, roadways and parking, to support the building.  
  • Strathcona County continues its work on the site infrastructure, incorporating the valuable learnings and design work the County has invested in over the past several years. 
  • October 25, 2022: Council directed administration to include a concrete arena floor and building space to accommodate animal housing. 
  • July 19, 2022: Council approved a new direction forward, which involves splitting the project into ‘now’ and ‘future’ phases. 
  • May 18, 2022 media release: Council directs administration to reduce scope and budget, with final budget consideration coming back to Council by Fall, 2022. 
  • September 15, 2021 media release: County continues operational planning for the Pointe, while construction is temporarily paused.  
  • On January 19, 2021, Council accepted the name for the site of the multi-purpose agricultural facility. The name Pointe-aux-Pins Acres, or The Pointe, anchors the new amenity in community heritage and highlights a destination where residents from across Strathcona County can enjoy agricultural and non-agricultural events, community, business conferences and social events. 
  • With its strategic ties to the County’s Agriculture Master Plan, the Pointe will be defined as a destination where people from across the county (and beyond) can enjoy agricultural and non-agricultural education and history, community and social events. The Pointe amplifies strong connections to the County’s Recreation and Culture Strategy’s focus on meeting community needs, environmental stewardship, inclusion and building overall capacity. 
  • On September 29, 2020, Strathcona County Council approved the funding for a regional multi-purpose agricultural facility. The total funding approved by Council for design and construction is $71.2 million which includes rural site preparation and servicing as well as building and amenities.  
  • On September 15, 2020, an economic impact report was presented to Council. The report projects the facility will contribute over $33 million to the local economy and generate 290 jobs over the first five years of operation. 


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Last updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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