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Rowley--Ghost Town

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Address: Town of Rowely | Starland County, Rowley, Alberta, Canada

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Very cool! Well worth the drive from Calgary. It's free and hardly anyone was there. Also camping is free with a donation.

Reviewed 3 September 2016
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Very cool! Well worth the drive from Calgary. It's free and hardly anyone was there. Also camping is free with a donation.

1 Thank ET B
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

A step back in time to when small town community feel was the norm. We drove in on a Sunday morning and noticed how beautifully kept the entire village was. Noticed a lady walking down the street with her lawn mower lol. Not an unkept yard or open area in sight. Not sure if because it was Sunday or not... More 

Thank 937AnitaB
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

This town is exceptionally preserved by locals from the area. A worth while stop not too far from Drumheller and the dinosaur museum.

3 Thank Adrian0987
Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Went with wife and three kids (9,6,3). They had a blast running around the little town playing at the park and climbing the trees. Most building were locked but a couple were open. We just saw the sign on the hiway and decided to check it was. Definitely worth it.

4 Thank Davy R
Red Deer, Canada
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2015 via mobile

I decided to go to Rowley to explore the ghost towns in Alberta and this was my first stop. I went in April and what a great time to go. There was no one there but us and it was quiet, really really quiet. I loved checking out all the stores - they have a saloon, a school, a church,... More 

1 Thank Sherri73
Red Deer, Canada
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

As an avid photographer, I love visiting Rowley. The town has many old abandoned buildings just begging to be shot. The town also holds a monthly pizza night on the last Saturday of every month that draws folks out from many parts of Alberta. "Sam's Saloon" with its sawdust-covered floors is packed to the rafters with tourists enjoying drinks, pizzas... More 

4 Thank LenLangevin
Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 6 May 2015

We heard about Rowley while visiting Drumheller. We decided to stop on the way home, and it was a nice little stop. Great to see that a tiny town has such a passion to preserve its historic buildings and history of the town. Great job Rowley! I read somewhere that Sams Saloon there has a pizza night once a month,... More 

5 Thank 24Magoo
Prince Albert, Canada
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Reviewed 24 November 2014

From a photographer's standpoint, this place is a must if you are attempting to photograph a traditional prairie community. I just did a personal walking tour of the location and wasn't disappointed. It would be nice to visit again with my family. It is not often that you find such well preserved pieces of our prairie history.

2 Thank Mark Z
Bushmills, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2014

This was my first experience of a ghost town and it was fascinating! It's situated very much off the beaten path and requires a drive deep into the Albertan prairies. There's a small museum which was an old railway house, a few grain elevators, an abandoned railway and a small dusty street with a few old buildings and abandoned houses.... More 

4 Thank Kirstine M
Gravenhurst, Canada
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Reviewed 3 October 2014

We toured many of the small towns and village of this area and Rowley was one of our favourites. The main street, both sides is just as it was in the early 1900's. It was a real windy day and off season, so things weren't open. Many of the building displays were visible from the sidewalk. There is free camping... More 

4 Thank wendy s

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