There’s so much rich history in the Land of the Mighty Peace to uncover and some truly unique places to soak it in. From picturesque historic parks to gorgeous museums, you will be transported back in time and experience the cultures, stories and history that shaped our region. Be sure to check out these great edu-vacation spots in the Mighty Peace:
Peace River Museum & Archives
Located on the Mighty Peace Riverbank in the Town of Peace River, the Peace River Museum and Archives is a fun place to learn about the region. From various interesting exhibits to the gift shop that carries local handi-crafts, there are lots to see and learn here, and in the summertime, they offer walking and interpretive tours.
Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park
Provincially and nationally designated as a historic resource, the Historic Dunvegan Park is the perfect place to spend the day experiencing Alberta’s history. Four original authentically restored and furnished buildings are located in this stunning park area nestled in the Peace River valley 26 km from Fairview. Be sure to stop for some fresh fruits and veggies or ice cream at the local market gardens before you leave!
End of Steel Museum
There is so much rich history to be uncovered at the End of Steel Museum in the Village of Hines Creek. Take the family and check out the train caboose, historic houses, the Hines Creek School, the trapper’s cabin, agricultural equipment and machinery. If you are there on a Saturday, be sure to stop at the historic Lubeck Hall, where the community now holds their Farmer’s market – they have the most delicious cinnamon buns and coffee.
Northern Alberta Historical Railway Museum
Prepared to be in awe and transported back in time as you move from room to room in this stunning museum crafted from 70-year-old rough timber located in the Town of McLennan. The rooms inside depict the elements of the historic Northern Alberta Railway Station‘s store, hospital, school/library and church with artifacts from the early 1900s.
Brownvale North Peace Agricultural Museum
Have you ever seen agricultural equipment dated back to horse-powered days or Brian Mulroney riding a mechanical bull? You will be at the Brownvale North Peace Agricultural Museum! You can also check out the historical school, post office and a restored 1929 Chevy Landeau Convertible (there are only 16 left in existence).
St. Isidore Museum and Cultural Centre
Learn about the history of the francophone community who left Quebec years ago to make the Mighty Peace home. Their stories are uncovered at the St. Isidore Museum and Cultural Centre with costumes, photos and artifacts that shed some light on their journey and establishment in the Mighty Peace region.
It may be one of the world’s smallest museums, but the Dixonville Museum proves that size doesn’t mean quality. There’s so much history infused in this restored authentic 20th-century trading post cabin. The cabin is one of the first log buildings in the community and was transformed into the museum thanks to the heart and hard work of passionate local community members. It’s a must-see!
Fairview Pioneer Museum
A walk through the Fairview Pioneer Museum is like stepping into the history of days gone by. On this ten-acre site, you will walk through a schoolhouse, a cabin, a house, and other incredible historical buildings that will leave you feeling like you are visiting Fariview way back in the day.
Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Museum
Want to know what it was like in the 1930s? Head over to the Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village Museum – it is literally a village. There’s a school, four fully furnished houses, a blacksmith shop, general store, fire hall, municipal office, carpenter shop, church, barn and a library. If you are looking for the best time for a visit, go during Pioneer Days in August and see some of the village in actual operation. You won’t see butter being churned or a blacksmith shop in operation in many other places!