A NEW SLICE OF HISTORY
Beautiful spaces, fun activities, and new experiences… these are just a few of the amazing things we look forward to once summer hits. Now visitors and residents in the Bay of Quinte region have a new and puzzling escape room that will leave the everyday sleuths satisfied and maybe learn a little history along the way.
St. Alban’s Centre, located at 10419 Loyalist Parkway, Adolphustown, has seen quite the change over recent years. The centre, formerly St. Alban’s Church was constructed in 1884 and held its first service for the Adolphustown community in 1890. St. Alban’s Church played an important religious and social role in the community for almost 130 years until its revitalization into St. Alban’s Centre in 2021.
Visitors can enjoy refreshments from the centre’s beautifully quaint outdoor café. Guests are encouraged to wander around the storied heritage buildings before putting on their thinking caps for the centre’s new “Escape St. Alban’s” escape room!
GONE WITH THE GOODS
In the summer of 1945, the village of Bath, Ontario was a small town of about 300 with one bank, the Royal Bank of Canada.
Two young bank robbers Joe Peltier and Ulysses Lauzon entered shortly before closing time and robbed the bank at gunpoint. In total they escaped with over $351,000… $10,000 in cash and the rest in negotiable bonds and securities, over $5 million in today’s dollars, making a clean getaway and pulling off the then-biggest bank robbery in Canadian history!
St. Alban’s Centres new escape room tasks players to find the stolen loot from the Bath Bank Heist, long rumoured to be hidden in St. Alban’s Church 77 years ago! Players will have a short time to solve the clues and escape the building with the loot before construction crews start “renovating” and the treasure is lost forever.
Escape St. Alban’s offers a different experience than typical escape rooms because, well… it takes place in a church! Escapees will have to have a keen eye as you find your clues in the nooks and crannies throughout the beautiful and historic building.
ESCAPE ST. ALBAN’S, EXPLORE THE REGION
Whether it’s a short boat ride on the Glenora Ferry over from Prince Edward County, or a scenic drive south from Downtown Napanee, St. Alban’s is perfectly located for those looking to experience the beauty of South Eastern Ontario while also taking part in a new and unique activity for the summer.
The St. Alban’s Centre, and it’s newly formed “Escape St. Alban’s!”, offers ferry-goers, bike riders, and anyone with a curious mind, an exciting and puzzling way to spend a couple of hours at a historic location, all while being greeted and supported by amazing staff.
St. Alban’s Centre’s has guided and self-guided tours available June through September, on weekends, from 10 am to 2 pm. They also operate the Hallowed Grounds Outdoor Cafe, July through September, Thursday to Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm.
READY TO TEST YOUR ESCAPE ROOM SKILLS?
Escape St. Alban’s time slots are open for booking now on the St. Alban’s Centre website. The escape room is available until the end of September.
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