Jul 182016
 
Sibbald Alberta Hotel

The location, far eastern Alberta, the town of Sibbald. A faded sign taped to the door reads: “Warning, nude entertainers appearing within premises. Some patrons may find this offensive. No minors. Picture ID only. $10.00 cover charge. Sibbald Bar & Hotel.” Did I just read that? This ancient little flop house and watering hole found in a near ghost town had a peeler bar? Am I a player in some Twilight Zone episode? This is about as strange as it gets.

The mind races…

Who was their target customer? The handful of people that live in town? Farmers in the area, all dozen of them? Okay, I really suspect they were hoping to catch passing motorists on the highway, which bypasses town by a bit. “Boy, I’m sure weary from the open road….hey boobies! Stay in the car kids, I’ll be back in an hour!” …and local well paid rig pigs and boys coming in from nearby Saskatchewan where strippers don’t go. Hmmm, maybe there was enough of a market? But…where would the girls come from? The place is literally in the middle of nowhere and I bet off the normal stripper circuit. What did the locals think? Raised eyebrows. Heads shaking. Fingers wagging. So many questions!

The best we can determine, the hotel opened some time before the late 1920s. The bar became a “gentleman’s club” around 2010 and closed recently. The establishment was the last business in town.

To get some back story we attempted to call the number seen on the sign. No one ever answered. Too bad, we’d love to get inside the heads of the former owners. If they’re even still around. This I bet is one bloody interesting story.

Another “questionable” establishment…
The notorious American Hotel.

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Date of adventure: July, 2016.
Location: Sibbald, AB.

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Sibbald Alberta Hotel

The closed Sibbald Hotel, the last business in town, had a strip club.

Sibbald Community Hall

Across the street, the community hall.

Sibbald Hotel Strippers

“Nude entertainers appearing within these premises.”

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This chick
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This chick

Lol it attracts costumers from all over! Saskatchewan does not allow strippers so 18 year old son for miles come as well as the many small towns surrounding the area. The strippers come from calgary edmonton all over….you didn’t think all strippers were local did you lol.

Kent
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Kent

Yes the Hotel was “famous” for its strippers and upstairs activities–the reason it lasted so long was Kids could drink at 18 in AB but 19 in Sask–plus Daylight savings time–they got an extra hour of booze–and then there was the time some smart alec[who shall remain nameless] threw a live skunk in the bar when it was full! fast ‘time gentlemen’ there ever was.

Eric Larsson
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Eric Larsson

I actually don’t think they had strippers all the time, I’m pretty sure they would just do a loop and hit all the small towns. I worked with guys who always knew what town they were in.

Larry
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Larry

When I lived in Alsask, SK (just across the border from Sibbald) in the 80s, the Sibbald Hotel was still operating. Some of the clientelle came from the Canadian Forces Radar Station that operated at Alsask until 1987. From time to time, the Hotel had a “Ladies’ Night,” when they would bring in male strippers. I remember a story about some Alsask women who talked a town matriarch into going for a night out. They did not tell her that the night out was at the Sibbald Hotel. After the show a flustered matriarch is reported to have exclaimed that she had never seen anything like it before. When challenged that she was a married women with children so must have had some familiarity with the subject, she responded, “but never so much!”

Sandra Hogan
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Sandra Hogan

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The bar shut down this spring..Pretty hard to make a living running a bar these days.

Gary Babcock
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Gary Babcock

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Was still open this past spring.

John Day
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John Day

Looks like you just missed it. The Google Streetview image from July 2014 shows the place as “Open” in what looks like the middle of the afternoon.

Richard Cockerill
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Richard Cockerill

Shared to Ghost Town Hunters.

Carmela Cundari Huston
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Carmela Cundari Huston

I was in the old bar having drinks and the community hall for a family party. Neat piece of history. This was the only business left in Sibbald. Now it truly will be a Ghost Town.

Don Pederson
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Don Pederson

It was the only place around there to get a drink. Used to visit my sister around Sibbald about 5 mile west of there in the 70’s.

K. Rose
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K. Rose

Hello, I have a relative buried in the Sibbald Community Cemetery. Wondering if anyone who reads this and is from the area might be able to help me. I’m trying to track down information on Minnie Lucy Forshaw’s husband. Minnie passed away in 1922. Her husband’s name was William Forshaw and would have been born around 1895-1900. They had one son, Dwight, but after her passing, he went to live with relatives in Minnesota. Does anyone know of any Forshaw family in or around this area that I might be able to connect with and ask? I’d like to figure out what happened to William. Thank you in advance.

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