Staff at High River’s Museum of the Highwood—formerly the town’s train station built in 1912—are enthusiastically awaiting the visitors who will arrive in town for the summer season.
Irene Kerr, director and curator, said the museum, located in the sandstone station in the town’s centre, informs people of the Highwood region.
“You really get a sense of what it was like when people were coming and going,” she said. “It’s a big part of downtown High River.”
The museum is open seven days a week. From Monday to Saturday, the site is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays, the doors open at noon and close at 4 p.m.
“Once people get here, we want to make sure they have the best experience ever and they’ll leave and tell other people about the great time they had here, the warm welcome they received,” Kerr said.
This year marks the first season the Town of High River’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be located at the museum. Kerr said staff are looking forward to meeting tourists new to town.
Museum staff will expand the popular Film in the Foothills exhibit by adding more props and photos to the section celebrating the High River filmed Heartland, a popular family drama on CBC.
The Museum of the Highwood is only two blocks away from the show’s Maggie’s Diner film location.
While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, the museum will host two exhibits, one honouring the country’s 1967 centenary, and the other focusing on whiskey and trading forts during pioneer times.
The west wasn’t quite the same in 1867 as it was in the nation’s eastern regions, Kerr said. Additionally, the “Lasting Legacies” cemetery tour will be held in town as part of Historic Calgary Week on Aug. 5.
“We’re really proud of the museum and the thing we love the absolute most about the museum and working here is the people who come to visit us,” she explained.
Staff enjoy educating and entertaining visitors, but are also enthralled by the stories brought to them as well, Kerr said. Volunteers are thrilled to welcome newcomers and familiar faces to High River.
The Museum of the Highwood is a must-visit tourist attraction located in the heart of downtown High River at 406 1 St SW.