The society purchased all of the railway right of way from Edberg in the north to Morrin in the south. Twenty Two miles of rail remains in place between Stettler and Big Valley and is leased to Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions who offer tourist train excursion services. This railway track is the last remaining original piece of track laid in the early 1900’s by the Canadian Northern Railway, the predecessor of Canadian National Railway. Short stretches rights of way in the communities of Meeting Creek, Donalda, Stettler, Big Valley and Rowley were not included in the purchase and are owned by the Canadian Northern Society, Alberta Prairie, Villages of Donalda and Big Valley and the Rowley Community Association.
The Society's goals are:
1) To relay railway track from Stettler to Donalda which will be used to operate passenger tourist trains.
2) To preserve and develop the property for recreational use by the public.
Five linear park areas have been developed in different areas for a total of 17 km of maintained park land. The parks preserve historic railway infrastructure and provide public access to large areas of plant and animal species. The rest of the property is open to the public as unmaintained park.
We believe that with proper management of the property, and controlled access, it can be protected for future generations.
Society meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Stettler Regional Board of Trade offices.
Annual membership price is $25 Lifetime membership is $150
Our Mission, Vision and Goals
The East Central Alberta Heritage Society is dedicated to the preservation, protection and showcasing of railway and community heritage for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the general public.
Our Vision is to preserve and maintain our Historical Railway Corridor by creating non-invasive tourism activities through self-sustaining business practices.
To relay rail on rights of way owned by the Society and to develop and maintain our linear park system.