FARM TO FORK
To the keen observer, a stroll through Heritage Park will reveal such treasures as a strain of wheat dating back over 10,000 years, heritage potatoes, purple carrots, striped beans and other heirloom vegetables and flowers that are no longer around. Diners at the Selkirk Grille restaurant can enjoy a taste of history as many of the heritage variety vegetables are now incorporated into the Selkirk Grille’s contemporary Canadian cuisine. Visitors can also cook their own garden fresh veggies during the Park’s many cooking workshops, which have small groups creating meals using the recipes and techniques from the turn of the century in one of the Park’s historical homes.
TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES
Heritage Park’s train history is bursting at the seams. In addition to our two antique steam locomotives that circle the Park on 2 km of track, we have a round house and car shop full of history! Gasoline Alley Museum boasts North America’s largest collection of restored gas pumps and a stunning collection of antique trucks and cars, signage, plus a 1942 de Havilland Tiger moth bi-plane hanging from its rafters. The Park’s two historic streetcars have been completely overhauled and carry eager passengers to and from our front gates on 1.5 km of track.
LITTLE SYNAGOGUE ON THE PRAIRIE
The Montefiore Institute was built in 1916 on a Jewish farming Colony in central Alberta. The little yellow synagogue served as a place of worship, a meeting hall and a school for the religious education for the colony’s children. During the great depression, most of the residents abandoned the colony. The abandoned building was sold and used for grain storage, then sold again and moved to a nearby town where it was renovated for use as a private residence, its history largely forgotten. In the early 2000s a group was formed called the Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project, with the goal of finding this lost building, restoring it and moving it to Heritage Park to share the stories of Jewish life in southern Alberta. Today, the little yellow synagogue that was once forgotten receives over 400,000 visitors a year, and those visitors get to discover a new chapter of western Canadian history.