The Canadian Northern Society is preserving prairie heritage through its collection of heritage railway station sites at Big Valley, Meeting Creek and Camrose. The Meeting Creek grain elevator and unique interpretive activities and events combine to create exceptional family experiences. The society’s efforts provide both community and economic benefits, contributing to the central Alberta tourism market. Operated by volunteers, the society is a not-for-profit registered charity.

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Meeting Creek events

August 24, 2014 – Prairie Fun Days at Meeting Creek Station

10:30 am. Enjoy the experience of going back in time in the beautiful valley hamlet of Meeting Creek. Take a guided walk along the East Central Heritage Society Natural Linear Trail at 10:30 am and enjoy the flowers, natural geography of the untouched land along the abandoned Canadian Northern right-of-way and adjacent pasture land. This is one of the last natural bird migrating corridors in Alberta intact.

9–1:30 Community Center fantastic Brunch by Reg Harper

Theme for the Day – Tribute to the War Years

All activities are free with the exception of the brunch, pie and refreshments.

2–2:30 pm Hear the story of Helen Fowlds, a World War I nurse who served in France, England, Greece and Egypt presented in dramatic monologue by historic storyteller Glenys Smith. Location Community Hall.

10–4:30 Enjoy a piece of homemade pie or cookie with coffee, tea or lemonade served at the historic Meeting Creek Station grounds.

10–4:30 Hear the story and tour the 1930 Alberta Pacific Grain Elevator on its original site with original workings.

10–4:30 Tour the 1912 Canadian Northern Railway Station restored to the 1940’s and meet a costumed tour guide dressed in the 1940-era dress. Enjoy the War Years displays.

10–4:30 Children’s Activities – Wartime crafts and pumpkin painting, family scarecrow building, speeder rides for children accompanied by an adult.

1–4:30 Covered Wagon rides with driver Jim Long of Stettler

Big Valley events

August 1–4, 2014 – Village of Big Valley Centennial
Join us for family dances, community meals, fireworks and of course a spectacular parade as we celebrate the Village’s 100th anniversary. Call 403-876-2269, e-mail info@villageofbigvalley.ca or visit the Big Valley website for more details.

Camrose Station events

May 17, 2014 – Opening Day for the Station and Site
2014 Station hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm. Self-serve refreshments (homemade cookies and beverages) can be purchased Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm, throughout the season. Enjoy special desserts on Saturdays throughout July and August from 10 am–5 pm. Gift shop open, tour of spring gardens and exhibits self or guided available. Take a ride on our Percy-like train.
July 12, 2014 – Annual Garden Tour and Victorian Luncheon
Enjoy several gardens throughout Camrose and area and a delicious Victorian luncheon in the historical Railway Station. The day starts at 10 am, meeting at the Railway Station, with an organized driving tour of several private gardens, finishing with a guided tour of the spectacular Railway Station historical garden park. This will be a themed tour on companion planting of flower and vegetable gardens. Price is $25 (including luncheon), please pre-register by phone 780-672-3099.
July 26, 2014 – Children’s Train Day
Event cancelled. Visit the station and grounds throughout the summer. Trains run regularly. Come enjoy the park.
August 2, 2014 – Tribute to Prairie Women
At 2 pm we will celebrate the contribution and women’s role in our area’s settlement. Learn through story and discussion about the vast impact that women made upon the development of our region. Join into the war-based theme; wear a hat or clothing from a past era. Homemade berry desserts will be featured.
August 16, 2014 – Camrose Heritage Railway Station Firebox Festival and Garden Party

Come one and all to the Camrose Station for an old-fashioned Garden Party, with performances by Morley Riske and the Station Swing Band in the Gazebo from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The band will highlight a special selection of music from World War One as well as other favorite swing tunes. Enjoy a beverage and treat from the Station’s Tea Room while you listen. The menu offers beverages, goodies and homemade pie. Hot dogs will be served after 11 . Other family attractions include:

  • Rides on the Mirror Lake Train
  • Self-guided tours of the gardens and site
  • Children’s crafts and the Station’s “Olympic games”
  • Play time in the Children’s Garden
  • Percy, Thomas, James and Emily as they run on the G-scale train track in the Garden Railway!
August 16, 2014 – Mary’s Wedding dessert theatre at The Bailey, 7 pm
August 17, 2014 – Sunday matinee performance, 2 pm (no dessert included)

It is the night before Mary’s wedding, and she is standing in her nightgown in war-scarred field, caught up in dreams and imaginings of the man she loves…

Director Sandra Mclay returns to the Bailey Theatre for Founders Days with a production of Mary’s Wedding by Canadian playwright Steven Massicotte. Rebecca Hohnsbein and Brian Dumont star as Mary Chalmers and Charlie Edwards.

On the night before her wedding day, we relive the romance of Mary Chalmers and her “beau” Charlie, a Canadian farmer’s son taken up in the great wave of patriotism and duty that marked the first years of World War One. A dramatic and heart-felt telling of the Canadian wartime experience, Mary’s Wedding is told through Mary’s memories and dreams. The plot unfolds as scenes of their early romance entwine and clash with Mary’s perception of the harsh reality of the battle fields of Europe, known to her only from Charlie’s letters. Alongside her, we share the true nature of the Canadian experience of World War One; an experience of love, sacrifice and loss.

The play’s wartime experience is completed with historical displays by the Camrose Centennial Museum and Camrose Heritage Railway Station and a performance and sing-along of classic wartime songs, lead by pianist and vocalist Michelle Peterson. As a special introduction to the play, the film Canadians at War will be shown, along with a talk by Marion Bennett on Animals in Wartime. Saturday’s Dessert Theatre will feature a classic dessert of the era, brought to us by Bernell Odegard of the Lefse House.

Tickets available at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station (780 672-3099) and the Bailey Theatre:

  • Saturday (7 pm) – $20 (includes desert)
  • Sunday Matinee (2 pm) – $15
August 30, 2014 – Last Day of the regular season.
Enjoy the gardens and all exhibits with family and friends on our last day of the season. Bookings and appointments can be made in off-season.
December 6, 2014 – Annual Cookie Walk, Tea and Christmas White Elephant Sale
Within our beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, enjoy one of our major fundraisers for the year. Our volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other festive baking including homemade Christmas carrot pudding and loaves. Enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts. Purchase special gifts and treasures in our Station White Elephant Gift Shop. Gift shop open every Friday starting November 7 for the Christmas season. Book your Christmas event early.

Canadian Northern Society celebrates 25 years with this Anniversary Edition Cookbook

Featuring over 600 recipes ON SALE NOW $30.00 Pick up your copy at the Camrose Railway Station Museum All proceeds go towards programs and development of the Camrose Railway Station Museum and Park. 44 Street and 47 Avenue, Camrose, Alberta

Updated 2013-01-28.

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