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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Heritage Railway Station Co-ordinator

The Canadian Northern Society is pleased to welcome Nadine Matheson, effective January 13, 2014, as the new Heritage Railway Station Coordinator. Nadine brings with her an educational background in History and Education, as well as a multitude of work experience. Some of this experience includes various office administration skills including payroll, book keeping, and proficient computer knowledge. Nadine also has valuable experience serving the public from various jobs in the retail industry, and will be an asset to our school programs, having taught English as a second language to children and adults of all ages. Nadine enjoys gardening as well, and is excited to have the opportunity to assist in the gardens at the Camrose Station. Nadine has two children and currently resides in Camrose. Please join me in welcoming her to our Society, and feel free to welcome her in person if you find yourself visiting the Camrose Station anytime soon.

Annual General Meeting and Canadian Northern Night

The Canadian Northern Society is inviting its members and selected special guests to join us on April 26 at the Camrose Railway Station.

  • Annual General Meeting at 4 pm with appetizers to follow.
  • Program with beverages and desserts to follow from 6 to 8 pm.

The evening will feature:

  • An interpretive presentation on Western Canadian Railway History. This presentation will be of interest to all in attendance
  • A presentation on historic railway stations in western Canada – featuring our Canadian Northern Society's continued work, and an opportunity to learn more about our plans and activities for 2014 and beyond.
  • The Canadian Northern Society will also recognize selected individuals whose contribution to our collective effort of "Capturing History and Building Community" has resulted in a significant benefit to the community-at-large.

All members of the Canadian Northern Society are welcome to attend.

Meeting Creek events

August 24, 2014 – Prairie Fun Days at Meeting Creek Station
Enjoy tours of the station and elevator, ride the track car, and enjoy homemade pie. Children’s activities include airplane crafts and scarecrow stuffing. Interpretors at the station will be in 1940s costume playing tribute to the World Wars. War-time displays can be seen throughout the station.

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 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.
May 31, 2014 – Plant Sale and Swap
Purchase or swap some of the many plants that grow so abundantly within our Station Gardens. Also available will be house plants, and seasonal white elephant items and inside gift shop open. Donations are gratefully accepted.
June 24, 2014 – National Aboriginal Day
As part of National Aboriginal Day, the Camrose Railway Station partners with the Camrose Arts Society to bring the community a First Nations Celebration. Two shows, morning and afternoon along with stories, dancing by an Aboriginal group and a round dance for all to join in.
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
Drop in from 10 am to 5 pm and take part in children’s events with Thomas and Friends at the Station Garden Railway. Activities include a scavenger hunt, train craft and story and dance time with Lady Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt will be supervising the railway. Also meet the Conductor and Engineer. Ride the Percy-like train. Each child receives a Thomas cookie. Cost is $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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 – Founders Day Festival
Exciting events are hosted across the City of Camrose, celebrating the founders and history of our community. Activities for all ages. Firebox festival with fun children’s activities. Be entertained by the Station Swing Band in a beautiful garden party atmosphere. A light lunch and homemade desserts available. Take a tour of the 13 heritage gardens on site. For full schedule see the Founders Day site.
August 16, 2014 – Dessert Theatre, 7 pm
August 17, 2014 – Sunday Matinee, 2 pm (no dessert included)
Canadian Northern Society sponsored dessert theatre: Canadians at War at the Cmrose Bailey Theatre. Take yourself back to World War I with drama, theater, song and photography. Canadians at War presentation followed by play Mary’s Wedding and war-time sing-along. Featured World War I dessert. Package plan available with tickets and events for the entire Founder’s Day Festival. Reduced hotel rates available at the Norsemen Inn, Camrose. Tickets: Saturday night $20; Sunday matinee $15. For further information visit the Tourism Camrose site.
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.

Camrose and Area Travel Guide

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