Em Te Town, Alder Flats, Alberta

Em Te Town is a campground located in Alder Flats. Em-Te Town is a authentic replica late 1800's Western Frontier Town tourist attraction. Our many buildings contain the the antiques and implements of the era. We offer a full service old west Saloon and fully licensed Diner serving traditional western fare. For accommodations we offer a spacious campground bordering Rose Creek, rustic Cabins, and a full service motel. We Cater to Weddings, Corporate Functions, and Family Reunions. We also offer Trail, Pony, and Wagons rides.

Open early Spring to late Fall. Check our website for Special Events and dates and hours of operation.

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Local dining options close to Em Te Town include Raven Meadows Inc.

Reviews for Em Te Town, Alder Flats

7 / 10 based on 24 reviews

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Mon 29 Jul 2013
Staff / Service: 2
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 1
Value for money: 1

Positives: Nice setting with a lot of potential...

Comments: If you've booked a power/water site and don't mind the water on a splitter and you don't mind waiting excessively for that splitter... then you won't mind Em Te Town. If you don't mind the grass on your site being long and unkept,& hand dug firepit full of garbage..you won't mind Em Te town. If you don't mind road apples in front of your camp site and barking dogs in trailers while their owners go on a trail ride...then you you won't mind Em Te Town. And if you don't mind FILTHY bathroom and shower then you you won't mind Em Te Town. Don't know if we hit a bad weekend but the young guy seemed to hate his job ..not friendly at all. More interested in cruising around on his ATV. Road around campground also desperately needs to see a blade. Was our first and last trip there.

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Mon 22 Jul 2013
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 9
Cleanliness: 1
Value for money: 1

Positives: Friendly service. The man giving wagon rides was great! As well as the kitchen staff, the restaurant staff and the manager were all wonderful too

Negatives: Dirty, disgusting, run down , waste of money

Comments: I came to EmTe town about 15 yrs ago and it was amazing. All of the buildings were open and clean, staff was friendly and we had fun!
We returned today the staff tried to give us a good experience, the food was ok, EVERYTHING was dirty including our motel room. I'm not looking for 5 star but I do expect a clean room especially paying $90 a night. Some if the buildings were closed and it was like you we're wondering through a bunch of dirty old sheds. Absolutely nothing great too look at. And I'm sorry but walking into the church and having a noose hanging from the ceiling hit you in the face.... What is up with that?
I'm so upset by how run down that place is it is disgusting

1 OUT OF 10 rating
Thu 04 Jul 2013
Staff / Service: 1
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 10
Value for money: 10

Comments: Spent time here last year and this is why we returned.but this year was a wasted
Trip.nothing opened till way after 10am.we have a restaurant here that is advertised opened.
We wanted breakfast but the barn help couldn't understand why it was closed.
So we had to go to drayton valley to eat. We choose to stay here because of the great experience we had last year. We had always talked very highly of this place to all our friends.
But now not going to happen. Something changed but for the worse.
Not likely we will return nor recomend it as a top notch place as it was last year.

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Sat 21 Jul 2012
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 10

Positives: Food is really good and not only are the steaks great but the pizza was also great.

Comments: This place is just soooo!!! awesome. friendly staff, steak is to die for and just a very pleasant place to spend a weekend

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Mon 21 May 2012
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 10

Positives: The staff really tried their hardest to make our visit enjoyable.

Comments: The 1st Caroline Scouting Movement went to Em Te Town for their year end activity this year. We had a great time. The people who ran the wagon rides made it so much fun a lot of the youth went twice. The food was great, everyone really enjowyed the fries, and the staff was really accomadating. All the staff worked really hard to make sure we had a spectacular day. I will be promoting this as an activity to all our scouting friends

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Sat 10 Sep 2011
Staff / Service: 9
Location: 9
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: good staff and facilites are kept clean

Negatives: too expensive and not much for activities - need western plays, music, bands etc.

Comments: I want to comment on the aug 14 review - first of all the Mounted Shooters had not even happened yet !! they were at Emte Town Aug 26 and 27th. So what is up with that? Then you made rude comments aobut security - you guys were being complete jerks and if I were security I would have evicted you on the spot! You gave her such a hard time you should be ashamed of yourselves. The cafe and bar staff were OK - but not exceptional. The only one who half did a good job was the young gal and even then room for imporvement. So what ever you are trying to prove - you failed. You were and are still jerks so don't go back when I am there! 911 cops are on my speed dial. go camp in the bush far away!

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Sat 03 Sep 2011
Staff / Service: 9
Location: 8
Cleanliness: 7

Positives: saloon staff was efficient and friendly even though it was really busy, they definately needed more staff. The steak dinner was good and so was the band they had lined up

Negatives: they were short staffed, lady who was on the golf cart was too yappy and never stopped talking

Comments: weather was great, band was awesome, saloon staff was funny and accomodating, good food

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Sun 14 Aug 2011
Staff / Service: 9
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 7

Positives: The antiques in the buildings are amazing and the land is out far enough that it is nice and quiet at night and the food is amazing as well the bartending staff and the kitchen staff are friendly and accomidating ...good job guys ;)

Negatives: The bathrooms down at the entrance are neglected and to dark at night ..the lady on the golf cart is to nosy and talks to much and is a very abrasive person who is quite terrifying when she gets upset ..and i dont think if we pay to stay we should have to pay to look around

Comments: I had a very good experiance there while i was there for the schoot out, very peacefull and quiet.

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Fri 05 Aug 2011
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: The food was much better than we ever expected and the setting was so tranquil. We just loved it there.

Negatives: Had to come home for work or we would still be there.

Comments: This place is one of a kind. Sure it is a little rustic but my wife and I were treated amazingly by the staff.

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Fri 29 Jul 2011
Staff / Service: 9
Location: 8
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: The gal out in the campground was lots of fun and accommodating. The Saloon and cafe staff were all very good and the food was good too.

Negatives: no history anywhere about the town other than what the staff could offer which was little - how about a handout or board with history info. Campground where we were and parking lot were very muddy. Hard to turn my big RV around in that messy, crowded little space and there was that big lawn right across the fence ! I nearly drove through that rail and over a car to get out - need more room guys! a playground for the kids would be an asset. Kids were bored and wanted to go home. so we did.

Comments: we enjoyed most of the long weekend at Emte Town - enjoyed the old town and went on trial rides and wagon rides and the little ones had fun on the ponies. The folks who run the horses were lots of fun. Nothing much else to do though especially for kids.

1 OUT OF 10 rating
Sat 23 Jul 2011
Staff / Service: 3
Location: 5
Cleanliness: 3

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Fri 08 Jul 2011
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 8
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: staff was both accomadating and friendly and the food was really good

Negatives: rained all weekend

Comments: my wife and i were pleasently surprised at what a unique place this was

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Sat 02 Jul 2011
Staff / Service: 2
Location: 5
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: again the supervisor Velinda was awesome so she gets a 10 - nice scenery and facilities were decent

Negatives: Bartender Jan - she needs an attitude adjustment. What a b---ch. Not friendly and hard. bring your own booze if you dont want to go broke. Food too expensive and the cook cant speak english - saw him cough into the grill while cooking.... yikes! where is the health inspector?? not sure we would ever go back or recommend the place.

Comments: we were in a group camping and had a function at emte town. everything was clean and well kept - I understand it never used to be like that and give credit to the new housekeeping staff superviser Velinda. She is very intentive and friendly and made our stay a real pleasure. Good facilites other than some of the town buildings need repair and were not able to go inside to view only from the door / roped. Good food but way too expensive for what you get. Drinks - best bring your own again way too expensive. seems they are after one time guests not repeat customers.

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Fri 01 Jul 2011
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 10

Positives: The staff and being able to accommodate a large function from food to lodging.

Comments: We have been going to Em-Te Town for years so it was without a second thought to have our 25th wedding anniversary there. It was so wonderful, we had dinner and a dance in the new hall. The food was perfect! Having the motel, cabins and camping in one area is was easy to accommodate all of our guests and have our function there too! Our guests really enjoy looking through the town and can’t wait to come back. Hats off to Rex AND his staff for making our party and the whole weekend perfect. We look forward to many more years of camping at Em-Te Town.

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Mon 20 Jun 2011
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 9

Positives: The staff was super; surely went over and above to make us happy, provide any additional requirements our employees needed, friendly and welcoming.
Meals served were tasty and provided something different at each meal, each day.
The location and open room to roam was both convenient and esthetically pleasing.
There were several activities available such as horseshoes, horseback riding, the group bonfire and plenty of room to set up other things like baseball, bocce ball and others.

Comments: Our corporate group had an amazing workshop held at Em-Te Town over a 4 night period.
The location was not only convenient for employees traveling from various parts of the province, but also offered many activities that were nearby (such as fishing/ boating, golf, horseback riding). The setting of the venue is beautiful with open fields, lots of trees and a river.
We were served 3 meals a day for 20 people, used all the types of accommodations; motel, rustic cabins and RV sites and their saloon was our 3 day conference room. The motel rooms were cozy, but served a great purpose with clean and comfy beds, clean bathrooms and coffee for the morning (even had satellite TV, which no one used as it was too beautiful to be outside). The rustic cabins were indeed rustic as mentioned on the website, but it was expected. They did provide propane lanterns and furnaces. The RV spot was ideal and had fire pits for our use. They also set us up a large bonfire in their pit by the saloon.

We will be booking future corporate functions here and look forward to going back. Thanks Em-Te Staff!!!

1 OUT OF 10 rating
Sun 01 May 2011
Staff / Service: 1
Location: 6
Cleanliness: 5

Positives: Beautiful setting, nice that there is an on-site cafe and saloon, the town is cute and fun for kids to explore.

Negatives: I would warn anyone who is booking an event here - be very careful to read the fine print, get EVERYTHING in writing, and do not trust verbal agreements. Management has not kept any of the promises that were made verbally during the planning of our event, and as a result, it cost us over $1,000 more than they originally quoted. All deposits are NON-refundable, under any circumstances (even when they are unable or unwilling to meet their committments). The location is nice enough, but definitely not worth the runaround and hassle we endured. I know there are always complainers, so if you think that I'm one of "those people", I just ask you to listen to your gut and maybe think twice before offering your credit card number. I wish I had.

Comments: Had no problems with the property itself - it is a little overpriced for what you get, the rooms are small, and there are lots of extra charges that you may not expect if you don't fully ready the website. The RV campsites are quite small and very close together. The group campsite is actually quite large and very nice.

1 OUT OF 10 rating
Sun 01 May 2011
Staff / Service: 1
Location: 1
Cleanliness: 1

Comments: how would one go about removing a review from this site? There is no contact email and/or FAQ regarding this that I could find.

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Tue 27 Jul 2010
Staff / Service: 9
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 5

Positives: Site for tenting in the trees. Old town buildings. Food at saloon was great. Friendly staff.

Negatives: Washrooms - outhouse in the treed areas had no lighting, and very dirty by our 3rd day there. Washrooms in the shower building were both plugged/overflowing. No soap in washrooms with the flush toilets. Were not cleaned often. Friends stayed in the motel and the rooms were extremely hot and had no cleaning done the entire 4 nights they were there and cost was almost $100 per night. Motel should only be MAXIMUM $50 based on the size of room/amenities/cleanliness. Also should not have to pay for entrance to Em-Te town old buildings if a regular camper - should charge based on entering the old town only and then campers can decide if they want to walk around that area or just camping near the river.

Comments: Really enjoyed the camping site by the river and the old town buildings. Very quiet and treed area so avoided hot sun and was shielded from heavy rain.

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Fri 02 Oct 2009

Comments: Been there before on a day tour ... was impressed with the old west town ... camping down by the river sounds great..might go there this weekend ... cabin or motel ... not sure ... Sounds like a good idea to keep the atv's out of the campsite...

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Mon 13 Jul 2009

Comments: The new managers are great. We had fun and the food was great.Thanks again we will be back again and hope to see the new managers back again in 2010

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Thu 09 Jul 2009
Staff / Service: 5
Location: 2
Cleanliness: 8

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Wed 03 Jun 2009

Comments: I dont know when you were at emte town but it is under new ownership and the new owners are just terrific. Thet have put new furnaces in all the cabins,dug new wells for the motel,fixed all the buildings and built a great new kitchen. They also installed new showers in the shower house and have cleaned the place up just nicely.The quads now have to keep them on the trailers and go to rose creek to quad. Better go check it out again. You will be pleasantly suprised.

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Mon 02 Jul 2007
Staff / Service: 10
Location: 10
Cleanliness: 10

Comments: It seems anyone with an axe to grind can make defamitory comments about named individuals. The guidelines do not permit this. The statements made by the person who claims to have attended a function on this date are defamitory and untrue. Both functions were stated by the vast majority of participants to be a resounding success on the busiest weekend of the year.

2 OUT OF 10 rating rating
Fri 18 May 2007

Comments: If you like partying and racing ATV's through the campground poor services and management that will come and party with you all night long then this is the place for you. If not DO NOT GO CAMPING HERE!!!!

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TWP 454
Alder Flats
Alberta
T0C0A0
Canada


Tel: (780) 388-2166
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