Edson AB – Visitor Centre – Galloway Station Museum
Shari, the manager, gave me a tour of their museum, which was filled with a lot interesting history. However, the part I really enjoyed was the back-stories of the historical items.
If you ever get the opportunity to get an actual tour (one on one) of any museum, the tour guides are a wealth of information that goes beyond what you read about on their information signs throughout the museum.
In this particular case, Shari shared with me some of the actual funny & interesting stories about the items in their museum, which included who the previous owners of the relics belong to, giving the items much more depth.
There were 4 particular items that caught my attention (there were more, but here are my top 4)…
#1 – 138 year old Printing Press that weighs well over 800lbs. Build in 1878, this Peerless Printing Press is… get a load of this, its still in operation! The museum prints coasters and other in-house materials, as well as giving demo’s to schools. Very cool!
The printing press was used to make these coasters, which tell a story of Edson’s “Jack the Frog” (1870 – 1956).
#2 – Old Movie Projector – One of the locals (back in the days) was a “director, actor, and film producer” who brought a little entertainment to this Coal & Lumber community.
#3 – Telegraph Key – You’d have to be quite proficient in Morse Code to use this.
#4 – “Speeder” – A one person, human powered railway vehicle. (This thing got me thinking…. Wouldn’t it be cool to travel and see Canada like no one else has on this thing!? Cool! If anyone has a few contacts, I’d consider doing it!)
There was some other really neat relics but you’ll have to make a point of stopping in during your Canadian Travels and check them out for yourself. It’s worth it.
Shari and the Edson Rotory Club invited me stay for their BBQ lunch and share a few of my travel stories, including and explaining a Manitoba Social.
They were a great group of people and I hope I get the opportunity to meet with them again.
What is a Manitoba Social?
For those outside of Manitoba, a Social has been around for decades! Its a Party that’s put on by the best friends and family members of the Bride and Groom. Essentially, a large hall of a community centre (or similar) is rented out for a dance. People buy tickets to come out, drink, socialize, door prizes, and dance the night away.
At the end of the night, the profits from the Social are given to the Bride & Groom, which is a gift to help them get started in their life’s journey. Socials are hugely popular throughout the winter season and everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy!
The road between Banff and Jasper, highway 93, is filled with all kinds of visually stimulating sights. Everything from the green emerald glacier filled lakes, waterfalls, snow peak mountain tops within arms reach, glaciers, and the abundance of wildlife.
At one stop, I could noticed something up in the mountain, but it was too far to distinguish exactly what it was. Zoom lens in hand….
It ended up being a German Military Exercise taking place….
And then I came across the Athabasca Ice Fields … If you decide not to go by tour bus, there’s a 5 km walk from the parking lot to the ice fields.
I had been in shorts and a t-shirt because it was pretty warm out, but half way to the ice fields the temperature immediately drops…sigh…. I should have brought a jacket for the walk. In the distance you can see the tundra buses filled with tourists up on the ice.
Not to far from the ice fields and right long the highway is Tangle Creek Waterfalls! A little cold on the back of the head! Ya, I had to stick my head in. Very refreshing.
Continue to make my way to Jasper, but just before you get there on Hwy 93, there is a “Wildlife & Mountain Goats” View area. Not more than 20 feet away from the sign….. 2 adults and 2 baby goats putting on a show for the 20 or so tourist. The young goats would get a burst of energy, jumping up and kicking out their hind legs.
I was planning to stop in Jasper for the night, but when I arrived shortly after 7:00pm…. it was packed with tourists! I didn’t think tourist would be arriving for a few more days when school was officially out for the summer. Nope, I was wrong. Bus loads of people, RV’s, camper…everywhere. So I decided to carry on through.
A quick little stop to stretch the legs at Eagle Pass
Craigellachie BC, this was one of the last stretches of the railway to be completed and on November 7 1885, Sir Donald Smith drove the last “spike” into the ground, completing the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Savona BC – When I pulled over into a rest stop in Savona BC, this was the picturesque view…
However, off to the side, it came with a warning sign, “Rattlesnakes in the Area.”, watch your step, etc…Rattlesnakes in Canada?! Cool, I had to go looking because I had no idea or I had completed missed that particular class in school years ago. I went looking, but no luck.
When I did a little research, Canada has the 3 types of rattlesnake: the western rattlesnake in arid western grasslands, the timber rattlesnake and the massasauga rattlesnake in southern Ontario. Cool!
No rattlesnakes, just this beautiful view in Savona BC
Over 160 Species of Roses – Located in Deroche BC, The Fraser Valley Rose Farm is a family run hobby farm that primarily focus’ roses. Jason, Lisa and their 2 daughters have been developing their rose farm for approximately 6 years, which also includes a few pet ducks and rabbits.
With a grand tour, Jason and I ventured off into the gardens where the amazing powerful and delicate colours come to life. Oh, and the abundance of natural rose fragrance was stunning.
There were over 160 different types of roses from all over the world, so I had to ask “Which of the roses was indigenous to Canada?”. Well this was cool, he pointed out ….
… the “Winnipeg Parks Shrub”, a rose named after my hometown. He went onto mention that this particular rose was actually from the area of Morden MB.
There was one rose, when still in its bud form, had a moss texture to it. After you rub it and smell your fingers, it has a strong pine scent. Because of its unusualness for the pine scent, it was well sot after rose.
Now that I had the tour, it had me thinking. Here’s a guy with 3 women in the house who basically gave them a their very own Rose Garden that women dream about.
So I poised the question and statement, “What the heck were you thinking!?”
I guess you kinda ruined it for yourself, because seriously, how do you top this when it comes to special occasions? Its not as if you can wake up on Valentines days, turn to Lisa and point to the garden, and say, “160 different types… there you go, knock yourself out.”. Jason laughed and agreed that he kinda set the bar a little too high for himself.
Let’s face it, there are going to be future son-in-laws that are going to be a little pissed at you. They’ll show up at the door with what they think is the most impressive, and awesomest bouquet of roses your daughters have ever seen…. only to be devastated when they look over your daughter’s shoulders and see this acreage. You could write a book, How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters.
Now that I think of it, there’s going to be a lot of guys who are going to be a little upset at you once their wives read this story. “Lisa’s husband got her a few acres of roses, all I got was a valentines’s coffee mug with a couple lousy chocolate roses at the end of stick. ”.
In all seriousness, from the edible plant section to the major beds of roses, the family has done an amazing job! They are a super friendly family that encourages you to come out and have look at their Fraser Valley Rose Farm in Deroche BC.
After a short 7-10 min walk from the parking lot, you’ll come to the end of the trail, which leads you onto a dock outstretched onto the water where you will face a small rock cliff with the petroglyphs, named K’ak’awinon. There are 9 designs in total and historically, it was the Hupacasath First Nations that occupied this region.
Its hard to date petroglyphs due to erosion, but its accepted by the professionals that these particular designs could be as old as 10000 – 14000 years old.
Could you imagine being the person that discovered these and the excitement it would have brought?! … Meanwhile a few hundred feet away, some guy with hand tools is walking away….. 😉