TRAILS THROUGH TIME
Museums hold the treasures of the past and the keys to the future. As the keeper of the history in each of our communities, the museum reveals more and more secrets as one delves into the archives and pieces together the lives of those who came before us and made the community what it is today.
Learning about our past is the key to making wise decisions about the future and instilling pride in the community. Museums are living and changing institutions reflecting past triumphs and failures. Displays of artifacts are the symbolic reminders of decades, sometimes centuries, of the community whose story is constantly being enriched and will never be totally finished.
LITTLE PRAIRIE HERITAGE MUSEUM
“Celebrating community and pioneer life”
The artefacts and collections reflect the community and surrounding area, particularly relating to family life, farming, railways, trapping, logging and forestry. Much of the farm machinery and other artefacts date from the early 1900s
DINOSAUR DISCOVERY GALLERY
TUMBLER RIDGE, BC
The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery showcases the fossil heritage of British Columbia brought to light by the tireless work of our palaeontologists and volunteers.
Explore the history of the natural world from the Triassic Period through to the Ice Age. Their fossil collection spans over 200 million years of biodiversity featuring marine life, plant life, dinosaurs, and more.
HUDSON’S HOPE MUSEUM
HUDSON’S HOPE, BC
Travel back in time to a small fur trading fort on the Peace River where the original 1936 Hudson’s Bay Company Store houses the pioneer collection.
Enjoy wandering along the banks of the Peace River, while exploring the collection of heritage log buildings: Peck House, MacDonald Cabin, Trapper’s cabin, Food cache, Machine shed, and more!
POUCE COUPE MUSEUM
POUCE COUPE, BC
EMBARK ON A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME as you weave through the Heritage House, Trapper’s Cabin, Caboose and the original NAR Train Statio
The influx of settlers into the Pouce Cope Prarie evoked the need for permanent medical staff. Located in the original train station, the Pouce Coupe Museum features Doctor Edward Gardiner Hollies’ medical equipment from 1936-1971. See the first x-ray machine brought into the Peace Country from Edmonton, a shortwave therapy machine to treat arthritis, and other medical magic he used to treat residents in the area.
DAWSON CREEK NAR STATION MUSEUM
DAWSON CREEK, BC
HISTORY IS WHERE YOU STAND! Dawson Creek NAR Station Museum – End of Steel. Mile ‘0’ of the Alaska Highway!
They came on foot, on horseback and in wagons. They came from all over North America and from Europe to the untouched wealth of land of the Peace River Block. As you tour the Dawson Creek Museum you will learn about homesteading – the early people – and the arrival of the railroad. The Museum is located in the original Northern Alberta Railway Station (NAR) built in 1931 – at the ‘end of steel.’
TAYLOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORT
Step back to the time when fur trappers dominated the territory in search of the pelts that were sought after for wealth and warmth.
Trapping equipment, furs and survival gear of the rugged early settlers along with native artifacts are on display at the museum.
Call: (250) 789-3392
FORT ST. JOHN NORTH PEACE MUSEUM
FORT ST. JOHN, BC
Follow in the footsteps of explorer Alexander Mackenzie on his voyage to the Pacific Ocean as he travelled along the Peace River.
Discover what life was like at the eight forts near the present day city of Fort St. John. Learn about the gold seekers who passed through Fort St. John on their way to the Klondike. Touch a beaver pelt and learn how these pelts were turned into felt hats. Try your hand at our fur trade memory game, matching photographs of people, places, and objects involved in the local fur trade, and much more!
FORT NELSON HERITAGE MUSEUM
FORT NELSON, BC
Celebrate and learn about life on the Alaska Highway! The Museum grounds include monuments and memorials to the men and women who built the Alcan Highway.
With over 9 buildings to explore and discover, there is something for everyone in the wide range of artefacts, from cars and equipment to wildlife, trapping and household.
WALTER WRIGHT PIONEER VILLAGE
DAWSON CREEK, BC
The Walter Wright Pioneer Village is a collection of numerous local historical buildings, displaying many artifacts from the museum.
These buildings include churches, schools, houses, a blacksmith shop and reproductions representing many former businesses. The Village also houses and displays a large number of vintage machinery and vehicles, many of which have been restored and are in working order.
BEAR FLATS MUSEUM
BETWEEN FORT ST. JOHN & HUDSON’S HOPE, BC
A variety of First Nation and settler history displayed at an old homestead in the spectacular Peace River valley.
Located on Highway 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope, witness history in the making where 32 km’s of new highway and bridges will replace current sections of this scenic highway “Never to be Traveled Again” when the new Site C hydroelectric dam floods portions of the valley.
The main building is a log 22’x26′ building built in 1944, and was the home of pioneer Jim Watson. It was restored in 2006. The Bear Flat Schoolhouse was meticulously restored in 1999.
Appointments are required for viewings.