Living Water College of the Arts is nestled between woods and pastures, among the rolling hills under north-eastern Alberta's big sky. Looking out in the morning, one could see cattle grazing quietly in the south, while Canada Geese and White Swans land on the pond to the west, and white-tailed deer venture out from the woods to the north and east. Meanwhile, in the distance, a tractor winds its way slowly around a field.
Beyond farms and wildlife, the closest neighbour is the tiny village of Derwent (Derwent is a Gaelic word, meaning Living Water). Its quiet appearance gives way to surges of social activity as St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church hosts a community barbecue, or St. Joseph, Guardian of the Truth Foundation presents a parish mission. Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Women's league prepares a Perogy supper, the fire brigade serves pancake breakfast at the hockey arena as participants return from their Terry Fox walk for cancer research. Curling, public skating, and hockey are available through the winter, and a slow-pitch ball tournament triples the village population during Derwent Sports each summer.
Fifteen minutes to the north, enthusiasts can set their canoes into the North Saskatchewan River, and follow the current as it wanders ten miles downstream to historic Fort George and Buckingham House Settlement.
From here, by land, travellers may follow the old Victoria Trail upstream to Victoria Settlement, and among artifacts and an interpretive centre, visit the oldest building in Alberta remaining on its original foundation. Conversely, travellers could follow the river down stream toward Frog Lake, site of the Riel Rebellion massacre; and beyond that to the settlement of the Barr Colonists.
The nearby town of Vermilion offers an olympic swimming pool, racquetball and squash courts, weight rooms, and gymnasiums, and a short drive to Clandonald provides an evening of recreation volleyball.
Living Water College of the Arts finds itself, along with fishermen, swimmers, and boaters, in the midst of the freshwater lakes for which this region gets its name, the Lakeland.
Map and Directions
The college is approximately two and a half hours from Edmonton.