Places to Go When You Visit Empress Alberta


There are many places to go on foot or by car when you visit Empress...the eastern gateway to the Canadian Badlands.

The village straddles the Alberta Saskatchewan border in an area that's home to ranchers and dry-land farmers.

Sagebrush Studios
1-877-565-2039

Dean Francis and his wife, Fran, have salvaged three abandoned churches from neighbouring communities, moved them onto their property and transformed them into spectacular galleries and studio workspaces.

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The Forks Prairie Orchard
403-565-2191 or cell phone: 306-628-7215

You can't beat the taste of farm fresh fruits and berries...especially when you pick them yourself!  Located on the banks of the meandering Red Deer River, the orchard offers a variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables.  Bring a picnic basket so that you can relax and enjoy the multitude of songbirds, game birds and woodpeckers that make the orchard their home.

The season runs from July to the beginning of October, weather permitting.  Phone ahead to what is ripe.  Read more...


Empress Station Museum
403-565-0009

The Empress & District Historical Society has worked for more than a decade to restore the old CPR station to its former glory. The grand opening of the (mostly completed) museum will be on Saturday July 19th 2014 as part of the village Centennial Celebrations.

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Catalogue House Tour
Along Hwy 41 from Oyen to Empress

Take a self-conducted drive-by tour of  Eatons, Alladin and United Grain Grower catalogue homes that were built by pioneers early in the last century.  To find out how to obtain a map and for more details click here.


Prairie Elevator Museum
Acadia Valley on Highway 41

Since 1991, the old Alberta Wheat Pool elevator acts has been open every summer as an interactive museum.  The equipment still operable.

The Tea Room is open next door in an old Eatons catalogue House.

Open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week during July and August. 


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