Innisfail Historical Village
Step back in time to the 1930s and before in this historical village which is made up of 18 buildings. The site is furnished to interpret local history through the buildings, historic gardens and a large display of farm machinery.
The Boardwalk Heritage Garden, located in front of the Boardwalk Building contain plants with a local history while others were included or donated as they were typical of plants grown in these early years of Alberta’s settlement. Some of these plants include clarkia, nasturtiums, marigolds, and poppies (Icelandic - Papaver nudicaule, Opium - Papaver somniferum, and Oriental - Papaver orientale) and pansies (Johnny jump up - Viola tricolor). Many settlers grew the opium poppies for their seeds which were produced in abundance and are excellent for use in cooking. Other plants you can find their gardens include: monkshood (Aconitum napellus), spurge (Euphoria polychroma) which originated from eastern Europe, snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum) another plant that originated in Europe, lungwort (Pulmonaria spp.), flashing light (Dianthus deltoides), asparagus (Asparagus officinalis. Liliaceae) a hardy perennial vegetable that was common in many early gardens, daylily (Hemerocallis spp), clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata), and peony (Paeonia spp.). Peonies are longlived perennials that are still found at many abandoned homestead sites.
A detail of the patio garden.
Innisfail’s historical schoolhouse.
The patio garden