Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (Pincher Creek Museum)

1880-1900
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Latitude: 49.486694 Longitude: -113.943848 Elevation: 3704 ft
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Kootenai Brown

A Short Introduction to the Site

The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village includes a collection of heritage buildings that date back to the late 19th century. The collection includes twenty-four historical buildings and two museum buildings. This collection is named after John George "Kootenai" Brown, a local frontiersman who settled in the Waterton Lakes area in 1877 and spearheaded the establishment and conservation of Waterton Lakes National Park. When the park was established, Brown was one of the park's first wardens. Brown's nickname, "Kootenai", came from his association in the 1880s with the First Nations tribe of the same name.

Full Description of the Historical Site or Museum

The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village includes twenty-seven buildings from the Pincher Creek area that date prior to the 20th century. Tucked away beside Pincher Creek, this six acre property is home to a number of gardens and foliage. The buildings have been authentically restored and furnished, and include two schoolhouses, a hermitage, ranch houses, cabins, a blacksmith shop, two barns,a NWMP outpost and one of "Kootenai" Brown's residences. Visitors learn about the frontier history of southwestern Alberta through displays and programs. Over 30,000 artifacts have been collected by the Pincher Creek Museum, and most are on display throughout the village, including an outdoor display showcasing horse-drawn machinery. There is also an extensive archives on site, where one can dig deeper into the history of the Pincher Creek area.

The museum gift shop offers historic books, crafts, clothing and collectables.

Admission is charged Adults $12.00; Seniors $10.00 and Youth (7-17) $6.00; Children 6 and under free; Family Pass (two adults and up to 4 youth in the same immediate family) $30.00).

Southern Nights Entertainment Series (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday in July and August from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm).

Admission: Adult Single $20.00, Couples $35.00, Family (two adults and up to 4 youth in the same immediate family) $45.00.  KBPV Members: 50% off with membership card.

Besides an opportunity to tour the Village, a light meal, and beverage offerings will combine with theme evenings, on subjects from our diverse history and local culture. Historians, entertainers, poets and lecturers of interest will perform or interact with the guests, offer information, and just generally host a nice evening enjoying the Village.  

 Children’s activities will also be offered as part of the evening, taken aside with a facilitator to do related crafts or activities, allowing parents and adults to enjoy the core program. The evening will end with a campfire (conditions permitting).

 Thursdays – History and Information, Park Interpreters, Authors

Fridays –Arts & Culture, Spoken Word/Poetry, Theatre, Indigenous and Folk Dance

Saturdays – Music – Country, Western/Americana, Folk 

Please note that no dogs (with the exception of guide animals) are allowed within our museum grounds.

Many of our buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Open Months

Open year round.

Hours Open

Spring Hours- May Long Weekend to the end of June: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Fall/Winter 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday Summer (July and August) 10:00-8:00 Tuesday to Saturday and 10:00-6:00 Sunday and Monday

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Museum is located one block north of Main Street in Pincher Creek at 1037 Beverley McLachlin Drive. If approaching Pincher Creek from the south on Highway 6, turn left (west) at the lights on Main Street. Continue west on Main Street and turn right (north) at Beverley McLachlin Drive. If approaching Pincher Creek from the north on Highway 6 (becomes Hewetson Avenue), Beverley McLachlin Drive is half a block south of the Highway 6 bypass. Turn left (east) off Hewtson Avenue on to Beverley McLachlin Drive, which swings around behind the Pincher Creek Hospital before dropping down into the valley and the museum grounds.

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