Camrose, Alberta

The 1911 Canadian Northern Railway depot, located in the heart of Camrose’s heritage district, forms the centrepiece for the Camrose Railway Park. On the park grounds you are able to walk through the bunkhouse with its communication and other displays. Visit the watchman’s shed, which was originally a passenger shelter in the Silver Springs area, and visit the Sparling Centre with its historical pictures of Camrose. View the track car storage shed, and read and hear the stories of the people who worked maintaining the track and their machines.

The depot houses unique displays of local railway heritage, the White Elephant gift shop, self-serve refreshments in the Tea Room, as well as the Canadian Northern Society’s archives and library. The Library and Archives have paper archives including reference material and manuals, books on the history of the railways, local history, general railway subjects, Canadian National Railway books and articles, Canadian Pacific books and articles, railway regulation manuals, railway station books, GTP, CPR, CN and NAR forms, junior railway stories, historical educational manuals for railway employees, train and model magazines, time tables, maps and station plans. The public can access the library by visiting the station during opening hours or by appointment.

Unique gifts are available from the station White Elephant Gift Shop, and special events are held throughout the year at the station. As a community centre, the Camrose depot is available for private bookings and events seating 35–42 persons. Catered events are available. The Tea Room, equipped with an audio-visual system and large-screen TV, and the King George Room can comfortably accommodate business meetings and general assemblies, and are available for use by the public. Special Victorian teas can also be booked. The garden park can be reserved as a wonderful backdrop to an outdoor event.

Meander through the magnificent gardens, including a Hummingbird Garden, Lupin Garden and the Children’s Secret Garden. The Morgan Garden Railway features model buildings from Camrose, Meeting Creek, and Big Valley, from the early Canadian Northern Railway line. This garden features many types of flowers and plants including a rose garden. Watch G-scale trains, Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, James or other trains from the early era as they travel along the track along the route of the old Canadian Northern Railway completed with historical buildings built to scale. Children and adults of all ages are thrilled and fascinated by the Morgan Railway Garden. Heritage and native plants can be seen in the garden and throughout the park.

The park opens Saturday of the long weekend in May and closes after the last Saturday of August. Self-serve refreshments are available Tuesday through Firdays commencing the long weekend in May until closing time. The station and park are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months. Throughout July and August the Tea Room will be open for desserts and refreshments Saturdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Station Museum is open by appointment during the off season.

Enjoy your visit and take a self- or interpretive-guided tour of our Station Museum, park grounds or historic gardens. The railway park is part of the City of Camrose park system and welcomes visitors to the community and residents alike.

For private bookings year-round or more information contact the station by e-mail at canadiannorthern@telus.net or phone +1 780 672 3099.