As you travel west from Lacombe some twenty kilometers and skirting the south shore of beautiful Gull Lake, you break over the crest of the height of land just west of the lake into the Gateway of the famous Blindman Valley. There, before you, lies the Town of Bentley. In the distance you see the Sunset Hills, known to the Indians as the Medicine Hills. On a clear day, approximately 120 kilometers further west, loom the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. When you view this site, you will understand why our pioneers decided to settle here.
In 1899, Major Wm. B. McPherson, a veteran of the American Civil War and his sons filed on land in Township 40, the present site of the Town of Bentley. The centre point of the four quarters is 50th Avenue and 50th Street and is a continuation of Highway 12 as it passes west through the Town. Major McPherson built the first store in Bentley in the early 1900’s. With this start, the community began to grow.
1916 saw a disastrous fire that destroyed all buildings on the south side of the community. The centre roadway was made 36 meters wide and new buildings could not be constructed inside that area. In 1930, a centre boulevard was constructed for fire protection and street lights installed. This wide main street has been and continues to be the pride of Bentley.
LANDMARKS | POINTS OF INTEREST
Main Street Bentley – “Jewel of the Blindman Valley “ Take a walk down Bentley’s thriving Mainstreet to shop, eat, and explore the town’s abundant hidden gems.
Sandy Point Fishing – Kilometer Nature Trail
Aspen Beach Provincial Park offers year-round recreation on the south shores of Gull Lake.
Bentley Museum – See photographs and histories of all the area schools. Stroll through “Pico House”, a 1924 farmhouse, and visit the displays in the Agricultural Building. Relive more of Bentley’s history on a historical, downtown walking tour.
Bentley Mural on the wall of Merry’s Mercantile By artist, Lauren Cowles, this beautiful mural that represents the natural beauty around Bentley. Be sure to take a picture with the butterfly wings!
FOOD & DINING
The Drop Coffee & Tea – brewed coffee, teas, espresso drinks and fresh baking. As well as Gelato and Sorbet.
The Monkey Top Saloon
Kid friendly until 9pm, Wing Night on Wednesday and delicious Lunch Specials – Ask about their signature Monkey Chips!
Picolo Pizza – Great pizza, and classic diner fare. Picolo is a cozy restaurant with a cute little patio for soaking up the sunshine.
CAMPGROUNDS | HOTELS
Bentley Municipal Campground – Washroom/shower facility and a play area for the young ones. A dumping station and water tap are also available. Fire pits are provided though you must provide your own firewood. Camping fees are $25.00 per nightlocated on the shores of the Alix Lake with sanded beach area, playground, and shower house.
Bentley’s Hotel – Free WIFI, pool, and dining. Right on Bentley’s Main Street.