Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site
On skates and skis we run,
light spirited mountain children,
hurl about snowdrifts on hills
and flying-slick ice of a lake
–“Seasons in Alberta”, Stephan G. Stephansson
Stephan G. Stephansson – Poet of the Rocky Mountains – was born in Iceland in 1853. In 1889, he brought his family to Alberta near what is now the Markerville area. Within the view of the Rockies, he homesteaded with his family, farming by day and writing by night. Stephansson’s prolific literary output has helped make him one of the greatest poets in the western world.
Stephansson’s home is a snapshot in time: 1927 to be precise. With costumed interpreters helping bring this story to life, you’ll find beautiful original furnishings, wood burning stove, newspaper wallpaper, serene landscape, the smell of baking, and of course, the poetry of Stephansson himself.
About 7 km south, you can stop for ice cream at Historic Markerville Creamery Museum, and learn more about the Icelandic pioneer settlement experience. A few more minutes southwest, near Spruceview, you can enjoy the Dickson Store museum and the Danish Canadian National Museum, in the heart of the Danish immigrant settlement of the late 1800s and early 1900s.