‘Tis the season for long walks and local exploration! Wild Rose Country is a province full of beautiful sights and historic destinations, but if you’re feeling a little lost, we’ve got you.
Located Northeast of Calgary, you’ll find the charming village of Big Valley, Alberta – home to a collection of funky shops and restaurants, museums, ruins and note-worthy buildings originally used a long, long time ago.
These magical cottages are hidden in an Alberta forest & they look like they belong in a fairytale
Alberta’s longest and oldest trail will take you through a boreal forest, wetlands & sand dunes
One of the coolest to see while there? The Jimmy Jock Boardwalk – a U-shaped street that resembles an old frontier town with wooden signs and Western-inspired buildings.
From the fudge factory, a bistro, an ice cream joint, a tea room, and a custom cowboy hat shop – guests will feel like they’ve got back in time and are sure to have a blast.
Still got time in your day-trip schedule? As mentioned, you can also see what’s left of the Roundhouse, which used to be railway locomotive shops and servicing area.
You can also hit the jailhouse which is in great shape (despite being built in 1914) or the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame a project meant to honour, educate and promote Canada’s heritage. Heck, you might be able to climb aboard an old-school steam train!
“Big Valley is the destination of Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions. Departing from Stettler, visitors board the train and have a scenic and relaxing trip down the line. Entertainment is often on board,” they write.
“Once the train rolls into Big Valley, passengers are greeted warmly by our hosts. There is never a shortage of residents or visitors on hand when the train pulls into town, over 70 times during the year.”
It may be small, but Big Valley, Alberta is mighty and an adorable spot for a date, weekend outing or staycation.
Where: Directions here