Brule is located approximately 20 kilometers southwest of Hinton in the Alberta Coal Branch. The hamlet was initially developed as a gathering place by explorers, trappers and traders before they entered the Rocky Mountains. It was later developed as coal mining town in the early 1900’s. This once thriving mining town is now a bedroom community for Hinton and is fast becoming a seasonal recreation community. Situated between Brule Hill and Brule Lake, with a beautiful view of the Rockies towards the west, the hamlet is considered the “prettiest place in the County.
Remnants of a thriving mining community can be found in the hills behind the town site of Brule. The cement wall structure of the old Brule School is also still standing. Located outside of town is the old Brule Cemetery. There are graves that date back to the early 1900’s. One unique grave is that of a two year old child, which is in the shape of a long house. Located northwest of Brule are the remains of a German Prisoner of War Camp. Another historical site in Brule is the old train tunnel.
Brule is the access point to Ogre Canyon. From the hamlet of Brule you can hike into Ogre Canyon on the old CN right-of-way. The Ogre Canyon is a day trip. You can make the hike as difficult as you want depending on how far up the canyon you want to go.
Place to eat:
Hideaway Bistro 780-865-5108 (limited opening hours)
Places to stay:
Black Cat Ranch and there is a campground in Brule.
Tammy’s Bed and Breakfast, Brule 780-865-1354
William Switzer Provincial Park
Lots of lakes and campgrounds. Some with full service hook up.