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Home of the World’s Largest Railroad Spike!
The Village of Hines Creek is nestled in the picturesque northwest corner of Alberta, 115 km west of Peace River and approximately 130 km east of Ft. St. John, British Columbia. The Beaver Indian Band named two local creeks after a man of the fur trade, Jack Hines: Hines Creek and Jack Creek, hence the Village’s handle of Hines Creek. The coming of the railroad brought many changes to the area. The first was the moving of Hines Creek from south of Many Islands Lake, now known as George Lake, to the north, placing it at rails end, hence the Village’s motto “End of Steel”. The Village erected the world’s largest spike in 1992, measuring 13 feet high and 15 inches wide, developing “Spike Park”. This is a beautiful spot for taking pictures with the spike, wooden train and telegraph line.
The End of Steel Museumwas developed around the theme of homesteader life and the coming of the railroad, featuring pioneer homes, churches, store, community hall, rail caboose, and antique cars along with many historical artifacts. Hear and see the story of the last railroad spike being driven into the ground and of the legends which surround this thriving community.Visitors can tour the museum May 1 to September 1, Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and noon to 6 on Sundays.
Hines Creek is home to the World’s Largest Railroad Spike, a must see & do on any visitor’s list!
Visitors can also enjoy annual special events like the Father’s Day Pancake breakfast and Heritage Day celebrations.
Visitors can also enjoy the mural that was constructed in 2005 promoting the talents of many residents, both young and old, which has inspired several community beautifications projects throughout the Village. The mural is located on the Hines Creek General Store at the end of main-street.