The Caroline Wheels of Time Museum and Historical Village is a fun – and free – stop on the Cowboy Trail. With six original buildings, a large collection of artifacts, and enthusiastic volunteers, you can experience pioneer life in central Alberta. What made this small town museum stand out from others we have visited, were the holding cell with jailbird striped shirts you can put on, fire engine you can sit in, and nature trail out back. Our awesome interpreter, John, made our visit to the village more fun too! He just knew what the kids would be interested in most!
Big Bend School
|Big Bend School, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum|
|Big Bend School Classroom, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum|
|Sure glad we don’t have dunce caps at school anymore!|
You can also visit the teacherage (where the teacher lived) next door.
|Anderson Cabin and Village Office/Fire Hall|
|Getting wild in the trapper’s cabin|
Village Office / Fire Hall
|1892 Fire Wagon|
|1953 Fire Truck|
|Look who’s driving!|
Holding Cell (our favorite part!)
|We’ve been very, very bad!|
Trunnell Log Home
|Trunnell Log Home|
|Upstairs of the Trunnell Home|
|Beautiful mural that John painted for the museum|
|Our awesome guide, John, drew a caricature for Miya!
Thank you, John!
Know Before You Go
The buildings are kept locked up to protect the artifacts, but if you go into the main building, a volunteer can take you on a tour.
Admission: FREE! However, donations are really appreciated to keep the museum going.
Location: About 1 hr 45 mins north of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail (Hwy 22). 1/2 km east of the Village of Caroline on Highway 54 at the Caroline Municipal RV Park.
Hours: Open May long weekend to September long weekend on Fridays, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm.
For more information, visit www.carolinemuseum.ca/.