Alix is a village in Central Alberta with a big appetite for adventure. It’s a quaint beauty of a neighbourhood and its mascot happens to be an alligator. If you’re a fan of staying active, Alix is certainly calling for a visit with its variety of sports offerings. Here’s five facts you probably didn’t know about Alix, Alberta.
Alix was named after a famous female settler
The village was named for Alexia “Alix” Westhead, the first female settler in the region. There were only a small group of settlers at first, all English speaking and arriving from Eastern Canada. Before the land was named after Westhead, it was actually named in honour of the owner Joseph Todd. We’re forever thankful to Westhead for ensuring that we’re not here talking about a place in Alberta named Toddsville.
Alix Wagon Wheel is the town’s best secret
It’s rare you have a museum documenting history, growing along with you. Yet, that’s what the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum has been doing for 40 years. Named for the shape formed when the village gets placed at the hub of a wheel, the rim representing the historic region and the spokes dividing up the school districts. The exhibits document Alix’s pioneering history, featuring displays on Dr. Irene Parlby, the Todds, the early churches that set up camp in the region and more. You’ll get to try your hand at churning butter, check out artifacts from famous battles and farm tools and get lost in a world completely unlike yours.
Alix is home to one of the Famous Five
Alix’s Irene Parlby, secretary of the Alix Country Women’s Club, changed the course of history for Canadian women. As a member of the Famous Five, Parlby helped challenge the Supreme Court recognize women as persons or worthy of being appointed to the Senate before changing Alix history as President of the United Farmers of Alberta’s Women’s Auxiliary, later becoming a minister. A plaque commemorating Parlby exists in Alix and personal items can be found at the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum.
At one point, it cost less than five thousand dollars to own your own farm in Alix
Eric W. Cormac’s story, told in Alix Wagon Wheel Museum, is an illuminating look into early Albertan life.
After graduating with a Bachlelor’s degree in Science and Agriculture, he got married and started learning the tricks of the trade. Eventually he inherited $4000 and used it to buy a farm four miles north of Alix along with some horses, farm tools and a cow. The farm expanded and chugged along for 25 years. Adjusted for inflation, $4000 would equate to $57,288.89 in 2016. Still pretty solid housing prices!
Haunted Lakes Golf Course may or not live up to its namesake
At first glance, Haunted Lakes Golf Course looks like a normal golf course worth visiting. It’s described as a picturesque 9-hole course, complete with a licensed clubhouse, a kids playground and a campground offering 26 sites and an overflow area when you’ve no clue how much company to expect. It gets tricky when you ask the question on all our minds – how did it get the name Haunted Lakes? The Globe and Mail, via Golf Canada, reports the lake got its name from seven native hunters who all drowned going after a deer caught in ice, haunting the lake ever since. According to locals, a huge fissure mysteriously appears in the ice each winter along the spot where the deer managed to find its way back to shore after being freed.
It’s telling that no power boats are allowed on the lake and there is a “swim at your own risk” policy in place. Tread carefully!
Photo courtesy of the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum on Facebook.