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The Bonnyville and District Historical Society

The Bonnyville and District Historical Society
4401 - 54 avenue, Bonnyville, AB T9N 1H4
Phone : (780) 826-4925


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East (Bonnyville)

School year/Age

All ages

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

School subject (primary)

Social studies

Links with the curriculum

Links with the social studies program of study for grades 4 to 6.


Recommend - one adult for every five students
Service in French by request / when available. 
Advance notice required.


May, June, September, October:
Monday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm

July and August: Open every day, 10 am to 4 pm

Number of participants

Up to 30 students


School-guided tour lasts approximately 1h½ to 2 hours.


Prices subject to change


The Bonnyville & District Museum houses an impressive collection of artefacts relevant to the development and settling of the Bonnyville region.

On site are two churches, a replica of Durlingville Schoolhouse, the 1920s Vallee Store, an expansive hospital display, Angus Shaw's 1789 North West Company post, the Bonnyville Water Tower, and a quaint 1908 house that typifies pioneer life as it was in the early years of settlement in Bonnyville.

Two large buildings house a significant collection of early agricultural and industrial equipment and machinery - including restored tractors, a steam engine, antique vehicles and early woodworking equipment.

A 7-metre high statue of Angus Shaw, a late 1700s fur trader and explorer, stands for posterity's sake as a reminder of Shaw's contribution to the fur trade in Western Canada.

The Main building is home to the Clementine Poitras collection of folk-art miniatures and a working display of post-war Lionel model trains.

A walk-through arch is dedicated to the French pioneers, the founders of Bonnyville in 1907.