Visit the Bonnyville & District Museum
THE BONNYVILLE & DISTRICT MUSEUM houses an impressive collection of thousands of artifacts relevant to the development and settlement of the Bonnyville Region.
Across two acres are two churches, the Durlingville Schoolhouse, the 1920s Vallee Store, an expansive hospital exhibit, and a replica of Angus Shaw’s 1789 North West Company Post at Moose Lake. One quaint 1907 house and a 1920s log cabin typify pioneer life as it was in the early years here in Bonnyville.
Two large buildings house a significant collection of early agricultural and industrial equipment and machinery. Another highlight of the grounds is a seven-metre high statue of Angus Shaw, fur trader with the Northwest Company who established the first European settlement in the district in 1789.
The Main Building is home to the 1940s Poitras Collection of charming, folk-art miniatures (a true Canadian treasure), and a working display of post-WWII Lionel model trains. Be sure to visit the Aurora Visual Arts Association Gallery with work by local artists and artisans.