Operating Since 1967
From a Hobby to the largest working, steam powered farm equipment Museum and interpretive Centre in Alberta.
The museum started as a hobby of Ted McLean, who had a deep-seated love for the steam engine. This interest prompted him to start collecting old farm machinery and to restore them to their original operating condition. The first open house was in Canada’s Centennial Year, 1967. With the help of many neighbors and friends from the surrounding community, what started out as a threshing demonstration turned out to be the first Pioneer Day. A sawmill demonstration, home-made ice cream making, grinding of flour, and the operation of various vintage tractors were held.
Since 1974 the museum has seen extensive development. The collection has grown to the point where 15 buildings are required to house the displays. Buildings such as Circle Bank Hall and the Two Rivers School are historic structures that have been moved to the site for display. The Foster’s Pioneer Grain Elevator is one of the latest item to be added and restoration is in progress.
The museum is open daily through the summer months, but Pioneer Days are very special as it features all the working steam-powered equipment, antique cars and trucks, and musical entertainment in keeping with the agricultural theme. Pioneer Days are still our biggest and most interesting Event during the Summer season.