Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

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Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site
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Dean C
Red Deer, Canada2,213 contributions
CLOSED due to Covid but nice to see!
Aug. 2020
We usually go once or twice a year as it is a nice drive from Red Deer. The house is CLOSED as it is to small for Social Distancing and the drapes / blinds are closed. It is still neat to see the exterior and it would be a great place for a picnic although I don't think there is a table. It is so remote it is super quiet!
Written August 6, 2020
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davGrimshaw
Alberta, Canada513 contributions
Hope you get Alex
Aug. 2019
A university student with a good summer job, Alex, dressed in period costume, does a good job of introducing you to the interior of SH. It's a good picture on a rugged lifestyle of no electricity or running water. How spoiled we are in the 2019 era.

I couldn't care less about the guy who owned the place, some Icelandic poet, but the building, small as it is, is worth the visit.

Washrooms on site, low admission fee.

Grounds: clean, neat, tidy, appealing.
Written August 12, 2019
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soccermom088
red deer, ab16 contributions
A good glimpse into life of the early 1920’s
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This is quite a cute hidden gem in central Alberta. It is not huge so it won’t take too long to visit. However, the staff, are very engaging. Our interpreter, Alex, did a great job bringing Stephansson and his family to life. Jenna offered to keep an eye on our dog while we had the tour. She even took him for a walk. Bring a picnic lunch, the yard in beautiful, ask the staff to play a game of croquet, have a tour and then carry on to Markerville for some ice cream. Bring cash as there is no debit machine.
Written June 1, 2019
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R B
Edmonton, Canada157 contributions
Small scale but well done
Jul. 2018 • Family
For those who have visited sites like Fort Edmonton, this is certainly modest. But staff really help to bring it alive. The stories behind the rooms and artifacts are interesting. Perhaps because in some ways the family was so ordinary, the story is even more interesting. Though not a destination on its own really, it made a great stopping point on the way home. Grounds were really nice and would have made a great picnic spot.
Written July 22, 2018
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DanOCan
Cochrane, Canada302 contributions
The Staff Make it Worthwhile
Jul. 2017 • Friends
The house is interesting but it doesn't take a lot of time to tour it. The staff are super friendly and seemed very happy to have some visitors as I expect it isn't all that busy here on non-weekend days. It's a well-preserved house and an interesting bit of history that I suspect most Albertans don't really know much about.
Written August 27, 2017
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Gazorninplat
Edmonton, Canada67 contributions
Okay museum but awesome staff
May 2017 • Family
Museum not much different from similar historic homes. Staff were very engaging with visitors. Good stop on way to other things but probably not worth the drive on its own.
Written June 6, 2017
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,370 contributions
Charming and fascinating!
Sep. 2016 • Couples
A lesser known part of Alberta's history... This site is very well done. There's a self-guided kicks at the entry, a nice greenspace, and a beautifully restored and maintained small home. We enjoyed the very informative guided tour - they answered all our questions and the place really came to life. If you're nearby, go! It seems to be open only over the summer. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.
Written September 18, 2016
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Andrea J
Calgary, Canada37 contributions
A little piece of Iceland in Alberta!
Aug. 2016 • Family
It is small and doesn't take long to see, but the guided tours are excellent! The staff members are enthusiastic and informative, and give you a few details that would be easy to miss if you were just wandering the house on your own. You learn about the Icelandic poet Stephansson who settled in this land in the late 1800's and how he and his family lived. The house is beautifully preserved and was recently restored with the help of the youngest daughter herself. It's very interesting to step back into history and see how life began for many immigrants on the Canadian prairies.
Written August 1, 2016
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PMahdis
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada1,030 contributions
Finally paid a visit
Jul. 2016 • Couples
There was a poetry reading when we visited but I did not stop to listen. There were many people there that day, but I suspect it is usually not busy. The house was quiet as the crowd was listening to the poetry. I preferred this to the creamery museum in Markerville. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Written July 10, 2016
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Madison S
Alberta, Canada817 contributions
THE ICELANDIC CANADIAN POET'S LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE !
Aug. 2015 • Family
Made the annual pilgrimage to famed poet Stephan G. Stephansson's house. This is a special place, old and masterful in it's teachings of farm life way back in the 1800's . Yet so alive today with young people eager to learn the art poetry. On this day there was a penny carnival (tons of fun for kids) picnic baskets aplenty and I might add great hats. Well set up, took us about 1 1/2 hour to see everything . Would recommend for all ages. Bring camera
Written August 23, 2015
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