Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Farming and homesteading have been happening in the North Peace for over 100 years. Learn about many of the animals involved from horses to pigs and bulls to chickens. Hear hilarious tales of local farm animal mischief over the past century. Make farm animal related crafts and try some old fashioned farm activities. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased at the museum in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
August 20 – November 30, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Experience the construction of the Alaska Highway 75 years ago through the lens of photographer Rudy Schubert. Rudy was a photographer for the 341st Engineers and took photographs of the highway’s construction, camp life, wildlife, and more. Regular admission fees apply. This exhibit is free to members of the North Peace Historical Society. For more information, call 250-787-0430.
August 19-20, 2017 at the North Peace Fall Fair
Look for the Museum’s travelling trailer at the North Peace Fall Fair. It features an exhibit all about travelling the Alaska Highway called Road to the Last Frontier. After touring the free exhibit, try your hand at our fish pond. The numbered fish you catch corresponds to a trivia question about the highway and you can win a prize if you answer correctly! Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Learn about travel and tourism along the Alaska Highway from the first tourists in 1948 to current and future tourism initiatives happening along the highway. Presentations will feature historic photographs as well as historic poems about travelling the highway. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
The Western Command Convoy is coming back to the Fort St. John North Peace Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Alaska Highway. They’ll be driving their historic military vehicles (jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) up the highway for this anniversary. Come down to the museum grounds to see them on July 21. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Reverend Forbes Homestead Opens
An Open House at the Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital is on Saturday, June 10 to celebrate the beginning of the 2017 summer season.
The event features guided tours of Grande Prairie’s first hospital. This is a family friendly event with light refreshments and lawn games from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rev. Forbes Homestead, located at 10424 96. St. behind the QEII hospital.
The provincial historic resource site officially opens on Monday, June 5 at 1 p.m.
The first log structure built in Grande Prairie was the 24’ by 20’ hospital in 1911. The Forbes family, consisting of Rev. Alexander and Agnes, lived in the caboose that they travelled in until their two- storey house was built a year later. The home is often referred to as “Montrose House” after Agnes Forbes hometown in Scotland.
Anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Rev. Forbes site can visit cityofgp.com/RevForbes
Members of the public can tour the Rev. Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital Sunday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 5 through Labour Day. Admission is free.
Information on upcoming events at Forbes are found on the City of Grande Prairie events calendar.
Media Enquiries can be directed to:
Curator / Collections Supervisor
Grande Prairie Museum
Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Canada is turning 150 and there’s no better way to celebrate than a slice of good old-fashioned homemade Canadian pie. Come on down to the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (9323 100th Street) for some homemade fruit pie and ice cream between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. It’s been a Canada Day tradition for decades. All proceeds go towards the museum’s operation. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Friday, May 26 at the Fort St. John Cemetery
Join us for a guided cemetery tour of the Fort St. John Cemetery on 100 Ave. Learn about the connection of many of the people buried there to the Alaska Highway. From construction workers to entrepreneurs to ambulance drivers, the cemetery is full of people who worked and lived along the highway. Tour is $10 and can be paid at the gate of the cemetery prior to the tour. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
May 5, 2017 – August 15, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, the Fort St. John North Peace Museum is pleased to host the travelling exhibit Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft. This exhibit is curated by Heather Smith and organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. It looks at the little-studied area of Canadian craft related to war. Trench art refers to items made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians from war-related or other materials during times of armed conflict. Regular admission fees apply. This exhibit is free to members of the North Peace Historical Society. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Come on down to one of Fort St. John’s largest and most amazing yard sales of the year. Find new treasures for your home and family. We are accepting donations of books, household items, toys, sports equipment, etc. We are NOT accepting clothing or large electronics and appliances. We cannot accept car seats or booster seats. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.