View Full Version : Good ghost towns to visit in Alberta

09-25-2005, 09:17 PM
I have a few day off next week (Oct 3). I live in Edmonton. Any suggestions for good towns to visit now? I am interested in old buildings and machinery to explore.

Someone at work mentioned a good one in the Edson area. I forget which.

Also a good place to stay overnight would be appreciated.

Thanks, Keith

09-25-2005, 10:04 PM

I was just asking this same question about a month and a half ago. I went to Dreyton Valley for a family reunion, but no one gave me any ideas as to where to visit any ghost towns. My aunt did mention the Edson area also. You can try looking up towns yourself on this website, that's what I ended up doing, but I didn't have any time to visit any of them so I don't know if they were even still there or worth visiting. I know there are some in Banff National Park, as well as Jasper and the other surrounding national forest areas (Bighorn Wildland Recreation Area ring a bell?) You can try Nordegg, Cadomin, Pocahontas, Canmore, Rocky Mountain House (ok, so this one's not really a ghost town) to name a few. I hope I've been more help than anybody I asked here was. Or if you're going a little further, you could try Orion and Etzikom, or if you're not going that far, maybe you could try Sunnynook, Dorothy, Rosedale, Sheerness, Pollockville, Cessford, Wardlow and Rowley just to name a few (in the Drumheller area) or Brant, Ensign or Crowsnest Pass further down. I really hope I was of some help.

Rachel ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

10-04-2005, 09:03 AM
It may be a little late for your vacation, but visit your local library and dig out a copy of 'Ghost towns of Alberta' by Harold Fryer. It came out in 1976 - a little outdated, but at least a start. And for Ghosttown huntress - Crowsnest Pass is a triving community of several thousand who, last week, revealed plans for a huge casino resort complex - not exactly your common or garden type ghosttown. Oro-y-plata

10-04-2005, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the info Oro-y-plata. Ghosttowns.com was even outdated, you may want to tell them. Like I said, I didn't even get a chance to visit Crowsnest Pass, though I would have really like to, but I was there for a family reunion (we think my aunt's dying so that may have been our last chance to see her) so at that time the reunion was more important. Too bad they're trying to build a casino there and ruin the town, but what can you do? Casinos bring in lots of money.

Rachel ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

10-06-2005, 06:04 PM
There is a site called ghosttownpix.com.It deals strictly with Canadian ghosts and has a good Alberta section.I enjoy it and found out about places I stumbled across in the 60's,but had no idea what I was seeing.The ghosts of RCAF bases are very interesting,but there is another site with that info.When I was a LDS missionary in Alberta and Sask. in 66-68,I saw a huge amount of rural, abandoned areas.Wish I had taken more pictures.Crowsnest Pass area is the #1 must see in the prov.By the way,who names people on the site?I haven't been near a public library in years.I explore in my nifty new ASTRA(Cobalt)At 38-39 mpg,I can cover a lot of ground,even with the criminal price of petrol.It is the best car I have ever owned,all things considered.German engineering and quality w/o the curse of high price.The Astra SRi costs $29,000 in England.With XM,I'm never far from fair and balanced news(FOX).