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NORTHWEST PLAINS INTERPRETIVE
AND RESEARCH CENTER
NORTHWEWEST PLAINS INTERPRETIVE
AND RESEARCH CENTER
As of this year (2019), we have established
a Northwest Plains Interpretive and Center
For a long time we have had the dream of
establishing a Northwest Plains Interpre-
tive and Research Center and Museum.
To this end, we were prepared to go into a
PARTNERSHIP with ANY COMMUNITY in Alberta
interested in development of such a center
as a tourism development. We were prepared
to meet or exceede on a dollar-for-dollar
basis the community input to several
According to the Government of Alberta
Department of Economic Development, every
$1 invested in tourism brings $11 in
economic returns. According to the same
source, each tourist visiting a community
is prepared to spend an average of $100 in
For a small community with a major
attraction, this can be considerably more.
This would be a major economic benefit to
any community, especially to a smaller com-
munity. Just ask Big Valley, or Rosebud
A Northern Plains center has the potential
to draw 40,000 visitors annually.
No such center existed in Canada.
The nearest similar centers were in Helena
(Montana) and Cody (Wyoming). On the Northwest Plains
there area only the Glenbow and Luxton Museums that have
some complementary displays. Furthermore, it is the
nature of museums that they are complementary, not
There were no interested communities.
Or rather, they were interested if we bore the
burden of the costs, and they reaped the benefits.
We have now established our Northwest Plains Interpretive
and Research Center in the
small community of Mirror (430
people), Alberta, but
This in spite of the fact that the County gave out $60,000
in subsidies to a failing business in a neighboring town.
In spite of the fact that we will bring employment of 10
persons to the community.
Along with the research center we have established Phase
1 of our museum. We have some 10,000 artifacts, but at
present can only display a small percent of them. It is
our intention to add another 2,000 square feet of exhibits,
and to bring the museum up to world class standards.
The Research Center and Museum also includes Bed and Breakfast
facilites for the benefit of researchers and vistors, along
with a cafeteria.
Guests can dress in costumes for pictures, browse the museum
and antiques displays, or do their own research in the Heritage
Consulting Databank. More information and detail on Heritage
Consulting data is available on this website index
Trade and Aboriginal/Fur Trade genealogies and biographies.
The Center also features
Antiques outlet and rentals
Militaria displays, sales and rentals
Costume sales and rentals
Art Gallery, sales and rentals
Classic Clothes outlet
Art Gallery Music Nook
Visitors can also partake of Native cultural activies, tour
local historic sites, or visit the beaches, picnic areas and
parks on Buffalo Lake.
In Mirror, visit other Antique and Collectables outlets on the Antique
Mile mainstreet. For those with a railway interest, there is the
nearby Canadian National Railway switching yard.
Mirror Klassic Kars Buffalo Lake Railway
The County of Lacombe has now demanded that we now cease
all operations and has taken us to court over this. The County
has taken the Colonialist position that it has the authority
to tell First Nations what they can and can not do, claims
that First Nations have no Rights, and has attempted to
curtail the Civil Rights of the Chief. This is in breach of
the laws of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada rulings.
This is now being challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada.
You can contact the County of Lacombe to protest this