I have lived in Alberta my whole life, all "28-and-holding" years. It shames me to admit that I have only visited a handful of the major sights in my own province, despite being obsessed with experiencing literally everything an area has to offer when I travel. This summer I vowed to do more "backyard" exploring, and have even had the chance to discover some places I never even knew existed. EM-TE Town is one of those places.
|Welcome to EM-TE Town, Alberta!|
|The EM-TE Town bank.|
The town has a bank, a sheriff's office with prison, a general store, a blacksmith shop, an old school house, and much more. Each building has rooms replete with antique furniture, genuine artifacts, old papers, black and white pictures hanging on the walls, and everything needed to complete a realistic scene. It is like an old west museum, except for the fact that you can go inside the rooms, touch and pick up the items, take photos, and enjoy the interactive experience.
|EM-TE Town in all its glory.|
|The kitchen of the wealthy 'showhome' at EM-TE Town|
As a class, we rented two cabins, as our group was very small, and we split the girls and boys. (Naturally, I supervised the girls and Bryan supervised the boys.) The cabins were relatively big, furnished with beds, couches, a stove, a table, some shelving, and a wash counter. There was no running water or electricity. EM-TE town gave us some lanterns so we'd have light in the evenings. Otherwise, we were 'roughing it' - or at least as 'rough' as a group of 15-years-olds could get (there were a lot of cell phones and Angry Bird games going on deep into the night...)
|An EM-TE Town cabin - so cute!|
|One of the teepees available for rental at EM-TE Town|
EM-TE Town was a bit out of the way in regards to driving distance. We left from our little rural school, and the drive was fairly straightforward. On the website in the "Contact Us" section there are driving directions and a map. Here are the written directions, taken right from the EM-TE Town site:
From Hwy #22 (between Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House) Go west on Hwy #13 to Alder Flats.