Heritage Sites Moment: What we’ve been up to at the sites this spring/summer

On June 24, 2020 we opened the train station and River Lot 24 and have hit the ground running at the St. Albert Heritage Sites! We have been working hard on site over the last two months preparing for your visit this summer.

Here are some of the updates for you from the St. Albert Heritage Sites:

We are ready to welcome visitors to view the Metis River Lot houses. The Belcourt and Cunningham Residences have been furnished through generous donations from the families and careful shopping for authentic pieces from the proper time period. And in the Belcourt House, after two years of searching meticulously for the original wallpapers from the house of Louisa Belcourt, the final product is ready for viewing.

Outside the River Lot houses, our community garden is beginning to take shape. Long have we dreamed of a garden space that honoured our history and gave back to the community. So far we have a planted a number of pollinator gardens and plots full of veggies that will be ready for the St. Albert Food Bank in September.

As the summer progresses, we aim to plant a traditional Metis herb garden in honour of Dr. Anne Anderson and add plots for community members to have a secure space for gardens of their own next season. Beyond this summer, we are working to create an education garden space for students and public programming.

This is a large area with so much potential to ‘grow’. If you are interested in volunteering in our gardens, or you would like more information on our future community garden plots, please contact Jessica at hscurator@artsandheritage.ca .

Our train station is also open to the public with changes to our visitor desk and gift shop, we welcome single family groups or cohorts into the rooms of the station.

Our grain elevators are still currently closed to the public as maintenance work is completed. The 1929 Green Elevator is having a fresh coat of paint applied and should be finished in the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming visitors back into our grain elevators once the crews have finished their work.

If you are interested in visiting the heritage sites, we welcome you Wednesdays to Sundays between 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

For more information:

Call 780 419-7354

Visit our website at museeheritage.ca

Email hscurator@artsandheritage.ca