Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

Step back into those bygone days of the Western Canadian frontier! The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) is southern Alberta’s premiere heritage facility, a must-stop for any person seriously interested in the pioneer past of south-western Alberta. “Antiques on the Creek” at KBPV offers a fantastic opportunity to visit this lovely facility during the August long weekend. There will be a number of antique vendors from across western Canada showing their wares on site.

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is nestled along the tree shaded Pincher Creek as it quietly meanders through our picturesque ranching settlement. It truly offers vintage glimpses into our glorious past. Memories of pioneer life from more than a century ago are showcased on six acres of well manicured gardened grounds on the Canadian Prairies. Come see what Pincher Creek has to offer!

Sixteen heritage buildings adorn these eye-catching grounds. Our thematic icon is the 1883 log three-room cabin that once belonged to our beloved John George “Kootenai” Brown, the Irish-born Prairie Canadian outdoorsman who became the first Dominion Park Warden at Waterton Lakes. Flanking this structure on one side is a one-room log cabin once owned by the Ward brothers (founded in 1897), and on the other the Northwest Mounted Police Outpost cabin established in 1887 along the banks of the Kootenai (now Waterton) River. The original barn from the NWMP Horse Ranch established in 1878 in Pincher Creek is also on our site. Father Lacombe’s 1885 Hermitage, constructed of logs from the Beauvais Lake area, is here. Next door stands a quintessential one room country school from the Fishburn District, the first rural school to be established on the southwestern corner of the Canadian Prairies. These are but a few examples of the local historical diversity to be found within our grounds. Also featured this year is a transportation display. A well stocked gift shop, extensive archives, and the tourism information centre are located in our welcoming administration building, Pioneer Place.

Our grounds feature over forty stunning gardens, visual feasts for the eyes. Arranged as both flower and vegetable gardens, they speak of traditional gardens on the Canadian Prairies. The grounds are meticulously maintained and picnic tables & benches are tastefully arranged to take best advantage of the gentle vistas. Pioneer Roots is the newly added community gardens area. These plots are located on recently acquired lands on the far eastern portion of our grounds. Our gardens and specifically this area, won a Community In Bloom award last year, and was specially cited the year before.

Operated by the Pincher Creek & District Historical Society, the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village also promotes the area’s vibrant history through a vast array of innovative programs. Special events are held throughout the calendar year, and we offer school groups unique on site educational sessions. Guided tours are available for booked groups. We are hosting an antique sale during the long weekend in August, “Antiques on The Creek”, featuring a wide variety of private antique vendors from across Western Canada.

The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is open year round with summer season hours mid May through early September, 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the winter we are open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please join us in celebrating our local past. Walk the boardwalks into history! 

403-627-3684

email: mail.kbpv@gmail.com