The Pioneers Cabin
Opened in 1959, this rustic log cabin features a huge stone fireplace, planed poplar floor, window frames made of spruce, and cedar shingles on the gable roof. It was built by a 76-year-old log craftsman named Hobart Dowler for the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Descendants Association. Designed and constructed of spruce logs at Dowler’s property on Pigeon Lake, each log was fitted, then numbered before being dismantled and rebuilt on a field stone foundation in Edmonton. Dowler used notch and saddle-style connections to form a tight weather proof fit without the need of chinking or plaster.
The Old Timers Cabin was built in the 1950s using log
construction to evoke idealized images of pioneers in Alberta.
The Cabin was situated in the river valley on Scona Hill, on a site which had been leveled to provide fill for the Low Level Bridge. The cabin is a relatively modern example of log construction. The style was consciously chosen for its status as a pioneer icon, reflecting the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Descendants Association’s connection with the past. The association dates back to 1894 when it was founded by Edmonton’s earliest prominent businessmen, such as James Gibbons (1894 – 1895), Donald Ross Sr. (1896), John McDougall (1897), and Harrison Young (1898).
In 2020, the name was changed from Old Timers Cabin to Pioneers Cabin, but we will always cherish the rich history of our log cabin no matter the name.
If you would like to inquire about the Pioneers Cabin for your event or book a tour to see what the facility has to offer, please get in touch with us through the contact page. You can also read more information under bookings.