Hanna Trail Tales and Prairie Treasures

This tour through the Canadian Badlands takes you back to the early 1900s to the prairie rail town of Hanna.  Enjoy a fascinating tour through the Hanna Pioneer Village and Museum and walk or drive through the town to learn the history and planning of one of the Canadian Northern Railway's original key divisional points in Alberta.

Be sure to look up driving times before you depart. A full list of visitor centers as well as contact information for attractions on this tour can be found by downloading the tour document.

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1. Hanna highlights

In the spring of 1912, Hanna was still grassland – home to pronghorn, coyotes and a few ranchers and their unfenced cattle. Just getting to Hanna was an ordeal for reluctant settlers, forced to unload their worldly belongings at distant rail stations such as Bassano, Stettler, Olds, and Castor. Then, with purchased horse and wagon, they creaked north on a rough track to a dry landscape where isolation and hard work beckoned.

Today, explore the Four Corners on Hanna's main street and search for intricate details on Hanna's oldest brick buildings. Walk or drive through Hanna's railway history and later enjoy a fascinating guided tour through Hanna Pioneer Village and Museum. Before saying “so long” to this charming community, take some time to check out Alberta's largest collection of dolls at the Doll Palace Museum.

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