The Canadian Northern Society has been forced, given the current pandemic situation, to close its historic sites to the public. As of June 1st, the public remains welcome to walk through our sites outdoor practicing physical distancing, we are unable to provide guided tours, interior visits or tours at this time. We continue to monitor the situation and will update on upcoming events as we get closer to the events.
Canadian Northern Society, COVID-19 Notice and Policy.
Version 1: Effective April 20, 2020
This policy is in addition to the closure to the public of the Canadian Northern Society’s heritage structures at Camrose, Meeting Creek, and Big Valley.
Part time and summer student staff must be in compliance with the WORKPLACE GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS, current edition, as provided by the Government of Alberta. Alberta.ca/covid19. All staff must acknowledge that they have read and understood these guidelines which have been printed and distributed. These guidelines are subject to change. Further, the Society is subject to any instructions issued by Provincial public health authority, and by local municipal ordinances.
Any contractors engaged by the Society will be required to provide a copy of their Covid-19 policy, and acknowledge their compliance with the above Guidelines in writing before being authorized to work on a Canadian Northern Society site.
Volunteers will further be subject to the WORKPLACE GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS OWNERS which also covers volunteers. In particular; until further notice:
- Volunteers, together with the specific task to be undertaken must first be approved by a Society Director
- Regrettably, the Canadian Northern Society may be required to restrict the number of volunteers, or the tasks to be performed.
- Volunteers may be restricted from entering society structures, or portions thereof.
- When using washrooms provided by the Society specific hygiene instructions must be followed.
- To review, no volunteer activity will be allowed that cannot ensure compliance with
- Physical distancing
- The requirement to frequently wash or sanitize hands.
- The requirement to use respiratory etiquette (sneezing into elbow, prompt disposal of used tissue)
All volunteers continue to provide volunteer services at their own risk. The Canadian Northern (Meeting Creek) Historical Society is not responsible for any accidents, incidents, injury while visiting or volunteering on its property.
Board of Directors, Canadian Northern Society
CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION EVENTS
All events for May, June, July and August have been cancelled due to Covid.
- May 16, 2020 – Opening Day for the Station and Site 2020 POSTPONED
Station hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Meet our summer staff. Interpretive tours, white elephant gift shop open with unique gifts. The Morgan Garden railway will be running (weather dependent), cinnamon buns beverages and homemade cookies available in Tea Room for purchase.
- May 30, 2020 – Annual Plant Sale (10 am to 5 pm)
Purchase or exchange local plants from our garden. Bring your gardening questions and talk with our experienced gardeners. Tea and carrot cake available for purchase. Weather permitting enjoy outside or in the station tea room. Donations of healthy plants most welcome. White Elephant Gift shop will be open.
- July 11, 2020 – Downton Abbey Day (10 to 4 pm)
This day is based on the King and Queen’s visit to Downtown Abbey. Dress for the occasion and be your favourite character from the Downton Abbey movie. Enjoy learning about the Empire in the teens and twenties and meet role-playing characters. Enjoy the displays of the Royal family and the Queen’s visits to Canada and take a look at royalty during these times. Musical entertainment from the era provided on this special day. A special themed high tea can be purchased in the decorated themed Tea Room.
- July 21 and 22, 2020 – Station Garden Tour with Victorian Dessert
Take a guided interpretive garden tour with an experienced organic gardener. Following the tour enjoy tea and a lovely traditional dessert served in the King George Room. Tour booking times are 10 am and 2 pm. Group and Bus tours welcome. Reservations only. Call to book: 780 672-3099 or e-mail email@example.com. Tours need to be booked in advance; cost is $12.00 per person.
- August 1, 2020 – Friends of Thomas Day (1 to 4:30 pm)
Back by popular demand! A day for the children and young at heart. Children can ride the Percy-like train or ride on the track motor car. Sir Topham Hat will be supervising the railway. Thomas and friends will be running on the Morgan Garden Railway. Other activities will be face painting, free play in the Children’s Secret Garden with a sandbox and dress-up clothes, a chance to play with many sets of Thomas and Friends toys in the Sparling Center, and a scavenger hunt and sing-a-long with Lucy the Clown. Train cookies and beverages can be purchased. Entry to the event is by donation. Half the proceeds will go to the Camrose Literacy children’s reading program.
- August 29, 2020 – Final Open Day of the 2020 Summer Season
Enjoy the gardens and displays one last time with family and friends. Remember, we accept bookings in the off-season! Plan your workshop, meeting, Christmas or family event, or dinner at the Station. The White Elephant Gift Shop opens the first Friday in November. We accept donations for our gift shop fundraiser all year. Contact us for details.
- November 6, 13, 20, 27, and December 4, 2020 – Pre-Christmas White Elephant Gift Shop
Enjoy Christmas shopping from 10 am to 4 pm each Friday for unique items in our gift shop. Donations of gift items are gratefully accepted. Book the station’s Tea Room for your private event or Christmas party.
- December 5, 2020 – Annual Cookie Walk, Tea and Christmas White Elephant Sale (1 to 4:30 pm)
Within our beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, enjoy one of our major fundraisers for the year. Our volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other items including homemade carrot pudding and loaves. Enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts. Purchase special gifts in our Station White Elephant Gift Shop.
MEETING CREEK STATION EVENTS – 2020
- Spring and Summer 2020 – Community Gardens at Meeting Creek Station Grounds
We are welcoming all to help us grow a community garden at the Meeting Creek Railway Station Park. If you are interested in joining the continued development and upgrading of the Meeting Creek site, please let us know. There currently is an existing fenced garden on site that will be expanded and more raised beds developed. Each participant or group of participants would receive space for one 10 x 20 foot box. The Canadian Northern Society will fund the materials and land, each participant is responsible for building their box, and suppling their own compost and seeds. Screened topsoil will be provided on request. For more information or to reserve your space, please call Norm at 780-672-3099 or Karen at 780-608-9892.
- June 10, 2020 – Exploring the Land and Its History (9:30 am to 3:00 pm, adjusted according to distance students travel) CANCELLED
This event is held at the Meeting Creek station in Meeting Creek, Alberta, for Grade 4 and 5 students and is curriculum based. Students, through hands-on discovery and journalling tasks, learn in the original historical buildings with role-playing characters and the Linear Park trail system rich in flora and fauna. Pre-registration is required, book early space is limited to only four school classes.
- August 23, 2020 – Canadian Northern Railway Family Day at Meeting Creek Station (10 am to 4 pm) CANCELLED
Fun for all ages! Spend a marvelous day in the country at Meeting Creek, Alberta. Children have opportunity for safe, creative play by going back in time at this historic site. Tour the 1913 Railway Station and 1917 elevator with knowledgable guides. Before riding the track motor car, meet Fireman Garry and hear what his job on the railway was all about. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride down the Canadian Northern abandoned rail line through the grasslands to highway 56. Stop and walk the Labyrinth. Choose to walk the trail back from the grassland and read the historic signs. Using a Discovery Pack hike or cycle the Linear Trail northwest of the Station and discover the unique flora and fauna. Bring your group to birdwatch in the early morning and take part in the day’s activities. Cycle the trail from Meeting Creek to Edberg. At the community hall, purchase a lunch of chilli con carne, homemade Sunny Boy bread, homemade pie. Join costumed helpers for a free Special Fun with Folklore Event for the whole family which includes singing, dance and games. In the community hall, children will be introduced to the life in the Meeting Creek Valley in the 1940s. The children will work with a parent, other adult or on their own to build a pioneer village. Following the building of the village, all will have an opportunity to participate in fun activities of times past which include dancing the Virginia Reel and singing together, sack races and trying stilts. Admission by donation.