This summer is the perfect time to discover hidden gems in your local area. With bigger travel on pause, exploring and supporting local tourist spots is a great way to have some fun and be a good neighbour. One of these hidden gems is the Heritage Acres Farm Museum, located just outside of Pincher Creek.

Heritage Acres promotes and preserves the history of Southern Alberta’s agriculture industry. This summer, they are offering free family admission and have introduced ‘Pop-up Saturday’ outdoor demonstrations. 

Pieridae’s Waterton Gas Plant donated grant money from its Social Investment Fund to the volunteer-run museum to help provide more opportunities to people exploring the area.
“It’s really our chance to give back to the community,” said Executive Director at Heritage Acres, Jim Peace, to the Pincher Creek Echo.

“What we’re trying to do is come up with little events every Saturday that would take an hour to an hour-and-a-half, just as an opportunity to be outside and show something unique.”

‘Pop-up Saturdays’ feature everything from steam tractors and sawmill demonstrations to rugby on horseback and search-and-rescue dog demonstrations. Having the events outdoors allows for proper social distancing.

The museum is supporting the community in other ways as well. Back in May, a small group of volunteers from the museum planted a ‘victory garden’ to help support their community through the pandemic. They expect to provide between 500-600 potatoes and 1000-2000 carrots to the Pincher Creek Food Bank. This is an organization truly dedicated to their community.

You can find the museum northeast of Highway 3 and Pincher Creek on the paved secondary highway 785. Check out their website for more information on ‘Pop-up Saturdays’ and other events: https://heritageacres.org/.