Banjos, wagon tours and pancake breakfast
The Tri-region, west of Edmonton has three museums that celebrate the region’s pioneer history and warm country culture. Here are three extra-special days to visit our historic sites this summer.
Image from Blueberry Bluegrass on Facebook.
A weekend of bluegrass
Stony Plain has thrown Western Canada’s largest bluegrass party for 29 years. This year, the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival runs Aug 1–3 in Heritage Park next to the Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum.
Suzy Bogguss headlines the fest on Saturday night – and the Pioneer Museum church and founder’s building will host intimate daytime workshops on songwriting and bluegrass strings. Camp on-site for $15 a night or reserve a spot at the full-service Camp’n class RV park across the street.
A family horse and wagon tour
Your expert guide will share the town’s important moments in history and colourful founders – you might even meet a few. You can also add a stop at the Parkland Potter’s Guild shop for a little shopping. Tours run July 12 & 26 and Aug 9 & 23 – $8 per person or $35 for a family of up to six.
Flapjacks at the tracks
Through the summer, you can tour the Spruce Grove Grain Elevator Museum – the last remaining wooden grain elevator on the CN Rail line west of Edmonton. Curious machine-loving kids will love to learn all about the scoop belt, grain scale and rail cars that moved through.
Then come back again on Sat, July 19 for the community pancake breakfast from 8–11 am – and the farm and heritage carnival on Aug 16 from noon–4. Both of these special events support the museum and fund the new train station building.
The museum is also home to the Spruce Grove farmer’s market on Saturdays from April to December for home baked, home grown and home made goodies.