Make history in Stony Plain
Stroll charming main street, treasure hunt at an antique fair, take a horse-drawn wagon mural tour and have homemade pie twice in one day.
Image: Bismarck Hotel (now Stony Hotel) circa 1910 from Multicultural Heritage Centre on Facebook
Downtown main street
Old-style street lamps, leafy green trees and old red brick buildings line the charming downtown streets in Stony. Wind your way through the shops and linger at cafés along 50 St between 49 and 54 Ave. Keep an eye out for the old Professional Building and Stony Plain Hotel – two of the town’s most historic properties.
One Man’s Treasure is a big antiques emporium on 50 St. There’s always something new with more than 40 vendors – you’ll find classic furniture, old tins and toys, vintage kitchen and dinnerware. And on June 14, the spring community street market sets up 100 booths outside and draws treasure-hunters from all over the region.
31 murals in town
Use a town mural map to find all 31 paintings that depict the town’s history. The Milling on Main mural shows busy downtown Stony in the 40s and 50s – there’s the old general store, pool hall, hotel, grain elevators and 50 local residents milling about. Other murals show inside old stores and businesses – the newspaper press, drug store, general store, blacksmith, telephone office.
Horse and wagon tours
First have homemade pie in the Homesteader’s Kitchen. Then take a horse and wagon mural tour from Multicultural Heritage Centre. They run about twice a month in the summer starting June 1 for Farmers Days (check dates and reserve tickets).
Stony Pioneer Museum
The Pioneer Museum preserves and restores historic buildings from the area and houses 8,000 local artifacts. Its grounds have the oldest municipal building in the county, a schoolhouse and a working farm that uses old farming practices and horse-drawn gear.
The museum’s volunteer-run tea house opens for the summer on May 9. Come Fridays and Saturdays (10–4 pm) for Oma’s sauerkraut soup and pie. Pie twice in one day – have I got your number or what?