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Escape(ing) to St. Alban’s Centre

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 was constructed in 1884 and was in use as a church for nearly 130 years.

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.

You’ll be racing the clock as you look through the building for clues to help you find the stolen loot and escape.

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. 

While you’re here, you can admire the architecture of the late 1800s.

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. 

A row of pour over coffee makers sits on the counter at the St. Alban's Centre outdoor cafe.
Grab a fresh pour-over coffee to energize you before starting the escape room!

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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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.