On the wall of the town's co-op grocery store, this mural welcomes visitors in English and (I believe) the language of the First Nations Stoney peoples.

Small town Alberta – Stony Plain

With three weeks to go until I start my first real engineering job in my new home city of Edmonton, I’ve decided to visit as many small towns in the province as possible. I’m originally from Alberta but hail from Calgary. Calgary and Edmonton have something of a friendly rivalry (mostly due to our hockey teams), so I have much to learn about what there is to see in and around Alberta’s capital city.
Today I made it out to Stony Plain, a small town around 40 km west of Edmonton with a great collection of murals depicting the local history of the area. In fact, it’s known as “The Town with the Painted Past” because there are so many murals to see.  A quick stroll down Main St. was enough for me to get a glimpse at many of them. Here are a few of my favourites!

Post Office/General Store mural in Stony Plain, Alberta
Post Office/General Store mural in Stony Plain, Alberta
The General Store
The General Store
"Strong Arm of the Law" mural depicting Israel Umbach, Stony Plain's first Sheriff and tax collector who famously forced CN Rail to pay their taxes by holding their locomotive hostage.
“Strong Arm of the Law” mural depicting Israel Umbach, Stony Plain’s first Sheriff and tax collector who famously forced CN Rail to pay their taxes by holding their locomotive hostage.
On the wall of the town's co-op grocery store, this mural welcomes visitors in English and (I believe) the language of the First Nations Stoney peoples.
On the wall of the town’s co-op grocery store, this mural welcomes visitors in English and (I believe) the language of the First Nations Stoney peoples.
The rest of the co-op mural.
The rest of the co-op mural.

There’s a “complete” mural guide available on the municipality’s website in several languages, including English, French, German, Japanese and Chinese. It appears to be missing information about the above mural on the co-op building.

With my phone battery close to dead and no charger on hand, I had to head home to Edmonton fairly quickly. Next time I’ll plan better. I might return in the summer months for the Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival in early August or to pay the pioneer museum a visit for some more local history. It’s neat to try out some backyard tourism in an area that isn’t much known for tourist draws outside of West Edmonton Mall. Looking forward to the next small town!

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