On August 1, 2015, Forgotten Alberta visited the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, described by author and researcher, Gordon Freeman, as “Canada’s Stonehenge”. Freeman believes the Majorville stones are the remains of a 5000 year old open-air sun temple, used by First Nations people to observe winter and summer solstices. (Source: Atlas Obscura)
- #FABTrip15: Majorville Medicine Wheel
- We need more parks – maybe Majorville is a start? (Updated 3/8/2015)
Following our visit to the Majorville Medicine Wheel and Cairn, Greg and I trekked westward across an ocean of parched grassland, passing a wedding party, abandoned homesteads, and iconic remnants of the community’s pioneer past. We then detoured south for a delicious burger and a glimpse of a prairie rarity on the edge of Milo. Continue reading #FABTrip15: Majorville to Milo
The August long weekend has come and gone, and with it, the 2015 Forgotten Alberta Road Trip . Following much debate over appropriate hastags, Greg Farries and I started our three-day excursion in a major way, visiting the Majorville Medicine Wheel, situated in a remote area of Vulcan County.
Over the next three days, we would partake in a whirlwind tour of Alberta’s southeastern corner, logging around 1200 dry and dusty kilometres in an effort to see what there is to see. Continue reading #FABTrip15: Majorville Medicine Wheel
Update: A copy of the Majorville Landscape Management Plan, prepared in March 2012, was submitted to Vulcan County Council for review on March 4. Click here to read more.
Late in 2014, Hanna-area farmer, Gottlob Schmidt, known as “Schmitty”, became a celebrity of sorts after it was announced he had donated of 940 acres (380 hectares) of his own land to be established as Antelope Hill Provincial Park. Situated on undisturbed native grassland, Antelope Hill is not yet open to the public, as Mr. Schmidt still resides there, part-time anyway, on the farm his family has owned since 1933. However, at some point in the future the park will be opened, with opportunities for low-impact day-use being made available to the public, including hiking, nature appreciation and wildlife viewing.
The announcement is significant, not only because of Schmitty’s uncommon foresight and generosity; but also because Antelope Hill is the first provincial park to be created in southeastern Alberta in almost 50 years, the last being Tillebrook (between Tilley and Brooks) in 1965.