Legacy Street - Stony Plain and Pioneer Museum

4 ways to discover heritage west of Edmonton

Hey, history fanatics! If you need a new museum fix, you should consider the Tri-Region for a dose of some education. A lot of the museums in the Tri-Region emphasize the hands-on experience; learning in non-stuffy environments – meaning lots of reasons for a day trip. So let’s talk museums – which ones in the Tri-Region should you visit?

Stony Plain and Parkland Pioneer Museum

Step back into time as you walk through a series of meticulously restored buildings and artifacts collectively telling some of the stories of the Tri-Region. The museum grounds include the region’s oldest municipal building, a schoolhouse, a farm with working equipment, a summer-only Tea House that doubles as an excellent one-stop shop for sandwiches and plenty more to explore on a day trip.

Stony Plain’s Mural Tour

With more than 30 public murals dotted around the region, Stony Plain’s mural program was introduced almost thirty years ago as a way to celebrate the town’s heritage and culture. These murals were created by Canadian artists, depicting pivotal moments in the town’s history. Think of it as an outdoor museum you need to explore from top to bottom. If you’re visiting the area during the summertime, the guided horse and carriage tours make exploring the town’s murals provide a whole new experience!

Wabamun Museum

Named for the Cree word for ‘looking glass,’ Wabamun’s museum does a similar thing in examining the village and district’s past as a commercial and industrial meeting point. Packed with plenty of artifacts, photos, and objects detailing the region’s history, you’ll get a better chance at understanding the stories of the tourists who would travel just to hang out at the nearby lake or the commercial fishermen who worked in the area. Plus, you can drive past the country’s largest dragonfly on the way there!

Seba Beach Museum

Tucked away in Seba’s All Saint’s Anglican Church, the Seba Beach Museum keeps the memories of the beachside retreat alive. They’ve got a collection of goods dating back more than a century depicting the region’s early history, plus a gift shop loaded with one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans and the original village office included, a fantastic blast to the past for any history nut.

Which ones are you planning to visit?