EID Historical Park & RV Campground Scandia, AB
Located off of highway 36 (also known as Veterans Memorial Highway),south of Brooks and
north of Vauxhall.
Featuring an open air museum town atmosphere, with era rich heritage and rare period surviving
buildings. A once complex trackside associated with the movement of people, goods, grain and
Which began in the 1880’s with the Canadian Pacific Railway(CPR)acquiring massive tracts of
land between Medicine Hat and Calgary. The CPR invested in a massive irrigation project of the
Bow River to water the arid lands in the region. The project was completed in 1914. Settlers
began arriving in large numbers after World War One. Settlement was bolstered in the 1920’s
with the construction of several branch lines in the area. The branch line from Brooks to Scandia
was completed 1927. Eventually Railway service was discontinued in 1977.
The Highlights of the Park
Earl Taylor Artifact Museum, Original Wheat Pool Elevator No.1(1927-1977)and its original
Agent's Office, fuel shed, original railways with loading dock, Jenner Train Station(from the
Hamelet of Jenner located 80k N.E. of Scandia. Bow Slope Stockyard, Barn, Ferry (from the
Hamelet of Rolling Hills), Machinery, Wagons, Farming and Irrigation Displays, and Bar U
Ranch House. Also a 35min historical drama called; ‘’Carls Way’’, about Carl Anderson’s
legendary negotiation with the CPR, who actually paid farmers of the EID to take over in 1935.
Also a Cultural Heritage Area of the EID(eastern irrigation district) camping facilities to allow
visitors to fully enjoy the Scandia Heritage Park. And once a year, in August, a celebration
named after, ‘’Earl Taylor’’, takes place in memory of the founder and surrounding areas that
have helped put the park on the map.