This article is part of our #BucketlistAB campaign – allowing you to string together an assortment of destinations across Alberta’s south for a road trip you won’t soon forget. Start here www.BucketlistAB.ca and be sure to use the tag #BucketlistAB and let us know how the travels are going!
By ANDREW PENNER for #BucketListAB
Cardston, AB – It's tempting to hit a local apres hotspot after a day on the slopes or on the trails, but have you ever considered a visit to a museum? Not only do you keep your muscles loose while walking around, but you can learn some pretty cool things. Like travel wasn't always so easy back in the day.
Until about 1910 or so, getting from A to B required a bit of horse power – literally. In fact, for hundreds of years, even centuries, travelling via a horse-drawn vehicle was the preferred way to travel significant distances on land. (A wooden ship might work if you lived near a major river or sea port.) So not surprisingly, there is a treasure trove of ancient carriages that still exist. The place to see them? Witness one being restored? Even ride in one? The Remington Carriage Museum in Cardston, Alberta.
This impressive facility – which houses more than 300 carriages, coaches, buggies, sleighs, wagons, and so forth – is the world's finest museum of horse-drawn vehicles. Most of the carriages are well over one hundred years old and have been lovingly restored. Some, obviously, show the authentic, weather-worn realities of time. But, not surprisingly, each has a story to tell.
Check out the Remington Carriage Museum to start planning your trip.