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January 23 - April 22, 2018
Gasoline Alley Museum

A train so powerful it pulled the nation forward

Journey of a Lifetime, presented by BMO Financial Group, shares the stories of the people, places and triumphs involved in the westward migration of the early 20th century – the largest wave of immigration in Canadian history.   

The CP Railway united Canada as a nation, and no other rail car did more to settle the west than the Colonist car.

Heritage Park is home to one of the oldest, and last remaining Colonist cars in the country. While this 1905 wooden rail car is undergoing an onsite restoration, an immersive exhibit entitled Journey of a Lifetime will provide a compelling experience that draws parallels between the struggles of early settlers and those faced by new immigrants today.  

The Exhibit
The Journey of a Lifetime exhibit, open Tuesday – Sunday inside Gasoline Alley Museum, provides an opportunity for visitors to record and share their own immigration stories, to learn about BMO’s role in settling Western Canada and to delve deeper into this slice of Canadian history.


Celebrate the diversity and iron resolve of all who came to carve this mosaic which we call home.

The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission.

Learn more about our colonist car

Special Programming

Settlers in Stone: Living Statue

Saturdays and Sundays
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Feb 17-March 4, and March 17-April 15

As you visit the Journey of a Lifetime exhibit, be sure to see our stone "statue". You have the power to bring it to life! By placing any one of the magical hats in its hand, a treasure trove of stories is revealed. Experience the real life adventures of people who travelled to Canada and crossed the country by rail in a colonist car. Be a witness to the trials and triumphs of these intrepid newcomers.

Canada West Artist Drop-in

Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11
11:00 AM-2:00 PM

FREE with paid admission to Gasoline Alley Museum

The Canada West series are a group of oil on canvas paintings created by artist Debbie.lee Miszaniec. The works revisit early 20th century Canadian advertising posters that were intended to encourage immigration to the Canadian West. Each painting interprets the source image through juxtaposition, modification, or both. Debbie.lee is a life-long painter, a student of art history, culture and society. Visit the Journey of a Lifetime exhibit and join the artist for a session of informal dialogue and gain insight into this colourful and insightful series of paintings.

It Was the Journey of a Lifetime

Thursday, April 19, 2:00 PM

A veritable trainload of stories was collected in researching the Journey of a Lifetime exhibit. Susan Reckseidler, Heritage Park’s Manager of Interpretation shares a few of these tales that bring to life the people who made an epic journey to start a new life in Canada in the early 20th Century


Schools/Youth Groups

To book a visit for your class or youth group, please submit the group booking form. For more details call 403-268-8522 or email schools@heritagepark.ca

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Gasoline Alley

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Calgary, Alberta
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