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Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

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Address: 1037 Bev McLachlin Drive | Box 1226, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0, Canada
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+1 403-627-3684
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

As a hub for tourism, Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is home to the visitor...

As a hub for tourism, Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is home to the visitor information centre, Gift Shop, and a Western Canadian frontier village with 24 heritage cabins and two museum buildings filled with intriguing artifacts. The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village was established in 1966, and was intended to preserve the area's vibrant pioneer heritage. Over the years, the efforts of countless volunteers and employees has seen the museum grow to include 26 buildings and 24,000+ artifacts. Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is an outdoor heritage facility. Visitors are able to walk directly into any of the historic buildings, and view the artifacts, which are displayed openly.The open concept and self guided museum means you also free to wander through six acres of beautiful gardens, including a pond and waterfall (summer) and large community garden area. Each of the buildings in the Village is authentic, restored, and furnished with period furniture. Artifacts and everyday tools used by the owners and inhabitants of that time, are displayed in each building. The history is not roped off or preserved behind glass.

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Pleasantly surprised at the highly ordered and clean state of this wonderful village

I've been to a couple of pioneer villages throughout Canada that looked like no one had dusted the exhibits since the Victorian Era when they were created. That's what makes this... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

The pioneer village has some good displays but is still a work in progress. There are good snippets on the local history but I was still wanting to learn more about the past of southern Alberta. The staff is quite passionate and knowledgeable.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

I've been to a couple of pioneer villages throughout Canada that looked like no one had dusted the exhibits since the Victorian Era when they were created. That's what makes this place such a pleasant surprise. The entire village is well ordered, kept superbly clean, and is blessed by some of the friendliest and most cooperative staff I've seen in... More 

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Coleman, Canada
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

I have been here a couple of years on Canada Day! Its great heritage to see, and go through this little village. They had concessions for food and beverages, along with a gift shop for souvenirs! It is worth the stop - Canada Day or not! We did want to bring Fido along for the walk - but no dogs... More 

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Marie E, Communications at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment & review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Sorry, we don't allow dogs for the safety of the artifacts in the buildings. We facilitate unsupervised tours with our visitors, one powerful wag of a tail and a priceless China bowl goes over onto the floor. We do allow identified service... More 

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Reviewed 28 September 2016

The buildings are set up in the six acre spread in such a fashion that they appear to have been in their current location since originally built even though that is not the case. Many of the buildings are framed by lovely flowering beds and trees. The interiors are all well furnished with items appropriate to their original purpose, be... More 

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Reviewed 22 August 2016

26 historic buildings have been brought to this site including the Chief Justice of Canada..Beverley Mclachlan...family home. Each one has so many wonderful pieces from their time period it's amazing! They have done a fantastic job of creating this little village ...a walk through history ....very well done and worthwhile to visit!! Only $10/adult entry fee. Give yourselves a good... More 

1 Thank tiffanyAlberta
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We visited based on the recommended things to do- possibly better with children as there would be lots to talk to them about- but still enjoyed it wandering around and viewing the homes and buildings appreciate how hard it is to keep these little historical records going. Defiantly worth the $10 entry for a good nearly two hours of wandering... More 

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Wetaskiwin, Canada
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

We were very impressed with the staff and the lay out. I took my three grandchildren ages 8-13 on a small vacation and our first stop was here. We were late getting to Pincher Creek so one of the staff who was going to be coming in early the next morning offered to let us come before opening so we... More 

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

This is one of the best museum's I have ever been at. We walked into each building and went back in time. Into an school with lots to see in there of how school use to be, RCMP station, a church, old houses, stores, etc. So much to see in each. Well kept place and the staff very friendly.

1 Thank Angel999_6
Pincher Creek, Canada
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

KBPV is beautifully laid out with many historical buildings. It is a pleasure to wander around the grounds and learn the history of the area. Its gift shop is well stocked with many books by local authors.

1 Thank Kathleen H
Collingwood, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

If you enjoy history this is the location for you, never realized how rich in history this area was and the ability to walk among it was fantastic. We have been to a lot of museums but nothing like this little gem. You have to get off the path and explore a bit; walk around the old buildings, just something... More 

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