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Galt Historic Railway Park
Stirling , Alberta
Tourism Region: Southern Alberta


The Great Canadian Plains Railway Society collects, preserves, restores, exhibits and interprets artifacts which represent the history and social impact of the "steam" era in southern Alberta and the coal era with emphasis on Galt Railway and the 1890 International Train Station Depot from Coutts/Sweetgrass.

About the Collections
Collection focuses on items from the 1890's - 1920's as they relate to lifestyles of early settlers, steam trains and travel.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 500+


Human History
Local history books of communities in southern Alberta are available
Agriculture • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Industrial Technology and History • Memorabilia • Musical Instruments • Oral History • Performing Arts • Transportation : Non-motorized ground : Railway • Local History


Services & Activities
Displays of life and travel in the 1890's are set up in the restored 1890 International Train Station from Coutts, North West Territories, Canada and Sweetgrass, Montana, USA. Guided tours explaining the operations of an early western Canada international port of entry by rail are available. Gift shop, washrooms and facility rentals are also available. The station is an original artifact of the life and times of Sir Alexander Galt, father of confederation.

Research Services
Research services are available during the July and August season. We offer books on the local and rail history of southern Alberta. Fees apply.
Library

Educational Programs
Costumed tour guides provide general tours. A cay camp for children is offered in the summer. Programs are available for school groups by request during the off season.
School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) • Seniors Programs • Films

Visitor Services
Tours of the waiting room, station master's area, baggage handling, Canadian and American Customs areas with displays of life from 1890's & rail travel. We also feature the restoration process of the historic building. There are exterior rail displays available on site as well.
Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English • Audio Guides : English • Children's Activities or Services : Nursing area or Change Table • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
• Other : Future development includes on-site dining cars for families and special event. They will be open year round.

Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered
Number of volunteers: 6
Activities: All aspects of operation - visitor services, collection management, restoration, construction, cleaning and maintenance.

Member Privileges
Members may vote at the Annual General Meeting, members get updates on upcoming events. Membership fees are $20.00 per year, January 1st to December 31st. Family membership is $30.00 per year, January 1st to December 31st. The society encourages people to become actively involved with the society's project, Galt Historic Railway Park and to assist in fund raising by volunteering for bingo's and casino events.

Food Services
Cold drinks and candy are available.
Picnic Area • Catering Services
• Other : Popcorn machine

Internet Services
General Information  • Local History  •  Other Internet Services  • 


More about our Services

Publications & Products
History books of southern alberta

Postcards • Brochures • Books • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps • Commemorative Souvenirs • Other : Pins

Hours & Admission


Operation: By Appointment  Seasonal 
September - July by appointment
July 1st - September 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Open: The station is open from 11am to 7pm from July 1st to September 1st.
Closed: • Tuesdays  • Wednesdays  • Thursdays 
Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Easter. Open May 24th celebration, July 1st and the August long weekend.
Admission: Charged
Adults - $6.00
Seniors - $5.00
Students - $5.00
Under 10 - FREE (accompanied by an adult)
Discounts: Seniors • Students • Groups


Address
Galt Historic Railway Park
1 km north of Stirling, AB on Range Road 19-4-C,  Stirling,  Alberta 
T1J 4A2
Telephone:   1-877-441-4258

E-mail: gcprs@telus.net

Mailing Address:
Galt Historic Railway Park
Box 1013 , Lethbridge , Alberta
T1J 4A2

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Last updated: 2012 03 30