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Caroline Wheels of Time Museum & Historical Village

by Karen Ung
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!

Plan to visit the Caroline Wheels of Time Museum and Historical Village on your next trip to Sundre, Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, or Crimson Lake!

Big Bend School

Big Bend School, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum
Big Bend School, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum
Big Bend School Classroom, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum
Big Bend School Classroom, Caroline Wheels of Time Museum
Dunce cap, 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

Anderson Cabin and Village Office/Fire Hall, Caroline Museum
Anderson Cabin and Village Office/Fire Hall
Trapper's Cabin, Caroline Museum
Getting wild in the trapper’s cabin

Village Office / Fire Hall

Fire Wagon, Caroline Museum
1892 Fire Wagon
Fire Truck, Caroline Museum
1953 Fire Truck
Sitting in the Fire Truck, Caroline Museum
Look who’s driving!

Holding Cell (our favorite part!)

Jail cell, Caroline Museum
We’ve been very, very bad!

Trunnell Log Home

Trunnell Log Home, Caroline Museum
Trunnell Log Home
Trunnell Log Home Bedroom, Caroline Museum
Upstairs of the Trunnell Home

Museum

Caroline Museum Mural
Beautiful mural that John painted for the museum
Caroline Museum Guide
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/.

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4 comments

Playoutsidegal July 26, 2017 - 1:35 pm

Thanks for visiting!! I'm glad you liked the Caroline Museum! 🙂 What's your favorite museum in Alberta?

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Jenn July 31, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Oooh that's a hard one…Reynolds was great but my favourite is a pioneer museum. Really liked Stettler Town & Country Museum because they have so many buildings to explore. Haven't been to Pioneer Acres yet though…and I think it will be a good one. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley was pretty great too.

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Playoutsidegal August 1, 2017 - 2:40 am

Wow, I'll have to check those ones out! We got to Sundre's museum recently – they have a nice pioneer village. 🙂

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Jenn July 25, 2017 - 7:47 pm

Awesome! We just visited there as well! We have been doing lots of museums and various things around Central Alberta this summer. Sundre is also next on our list, we will have to stop for the ribs for sure.

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