Tourism Valemount

Heritage

STEP INTO THE PAST AND Help Us PRESERVE OUR FUTURE

Valemount is rich in history and we’ve preserved that history in our museums. We also love to share information on the local flora and fauna that also call this place home.

Valemount Museums

Valemount’s heritage runs deep in this valley. If you close your eyes you can almost hear the echoes of the Grand Trunk Pacific train as it approaches the station. The Valemount Museum and Archive is awash with local history that includes antique tools and furniture. It was originally a train station back in the 1930s.Take a self-guided tour or be led through the exhibits by our friendly staff. 

Next, take a tour of the Valemount War Heroes Museum within The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 266. It’s a sombre reminder how international conflicts had a deadly impact even within the protective shadow of the Rocky Mountains. View photos, books, uniforms and artefacts that detail the region’s contributions to peacekeeping.

By educating yourself on their stories, you give respect to those who fought and died for our freedom.

Take a Walk Through History

Mica Mountain is also the location of William Roe’s famous Sasquatch sighting back in October 1955. It’s a 4.5 km (3 mi), one-way trip back in time on the Mica Mine Trail. Explore the old mine site where in the 1890s horses were used to haul mica down the mountain. Be very quiet and patient and you may spot the elusive creature that he first mistook for a grizzly bear.

By educating yourself on their stories, you give respect to those who fought and died for our freedom.

Top Ways to Experience Valemount’s Pioneering History in the Summer

  1. Visit the Valemount Museum and watch the model train run the track.
  2. View the exhibits at the Valemount War Heroes Museum at the local Legion to discover how international conflicts have impacted the area
  3. Attend a free natural history presentation at the Valemount Visitor Centre. Ask at the Visitor Centre for dates and times
  4. Take in some history while hiking the Mica Mine Trail, a 4.5 km (3 mi) trip back in time. Explore the old mine site, enjoy the westerly view of the Premier Mountain Range and investigate the area in which William Roe had his famous Sasquatch sighting in 1955
  5. Have dinner at the historic Tete Jaune Lodge.  The restaurant is over 90 years old and was constructed with logs cut at Rearguard Falls
  6. Visit the Dunster Museum, north of Valemount

Need To Know

  • Admission prices for the Valemount Museum apply for adults and children
  • Cash is the only method of currency accepted at the Valemount Museum
  • When hiking the Mica Mountain trail, wear appropriate clothing. Layers work best

When to Go

  • Our Museum is open from May to September
  • Visit the Valemount War Museum year round during regular Legion hours
  • Hiking is best done from mid-May to early October
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