Missionaries first began proselytizing in Canada in 1830, although on the east coast. With the exception of a few members on Vancouver Island, it took some time for members to make their way to Alberta. It is widely known that Charles Card was sent to Alberta in 1887 to colonize and establish a settlement. (You can tour the Card Pioneer Home). After some hard work and pioneering, the first stake outside the United States was established in Cardston in 1895. And with the large number of conversions in the area, the Cardston Alberta Temple was announced in 1913. The Cardston temple took 10 years to complete and was first dedicated in 1923. This is a small agricultural community. The Cardston Alberta Temple was the first to be built outside the United States and the first temple built in Canada. It was only the 6th temple built after four in Utah and the Laie Hawaii Temple. This is quite an impressive feat and makes this temple historically unique. It was rededicated in 1962 and again in 1991. The Temple itself is very stately, standing grand with a unique design. The exterior is white granite while the inside is accented with lots of wood details. This is one of only 3 temples without a spire. (Laie Hawaii Temple & Mesa Arizona Temple).
With time, members spread to central Alberta and the Edmonton Alberta Temple was completed in 1999, which was the 5th Temple in Canada and the 67th Temple worldwide.
More recently, the Calgary Alberta Temple was completed in 2012, which was the 8th Temple in Canada and the 140th Temple worldwide. These three temples are within less than 6 hours of each other all along AB-2. You may want to make a day of it and see three beautiful temples while exploring Alberta.
Being a small area off the typical tourist trail, you'll likely be passing through the area on your way to another destination. There's Main Street, which offers a few eateries - Our Place Cafe is a typical small town diner offering traditional entrees. They do serve breakfast if you're looking to start your day off with a hearty meal. Sauce is also on the main road. Numerous pizza creations are offered with (you guessed it) many gourmet sauces to choose from. Probably the nicest (and most expensive dinner) place in town is the Cobblestone Manor. Lunch will run you about $10 for homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pasta. For dinner, it's a little more upscale with steaks, fish and a few ecclectic entrees. If good ole' fashioned fast food is what you're craving, head to Dave's Drive-In & Sports Grill Eat inside and check out a sports game while you're eating, or just hit the drive-in and get your food to go as you head back out on the road.
If you plan on sticking around for some activities, you should tour the Card Pioneer Home (as mentioned above). It's the historic home of the Charles Card family who was the Mormon settler in this area. The Remington Carriage Museum has over 270 carriages, sleighs, wagons and buggies on display. The Courthouse Museum also offers a chance to look at a historic building from 1907, along with court artifacts. For any other adventures, you'll probably have to drive a ways. Recreational lovers should check out Waterton Lakes National Park (about a 30 min. drive). And, if you're heading that way, you may want to eat at one of the Restaurants at Waterton Lakes Nat'l Park or in the town of Wateron.The Birds of Prey Center (about an hour drive) is a 70-acre wetland where you can view birds and aviaries. If you like mining history, you'll want to take a tour of the Bellevue Underground Mine (about an hour drive). See mining tools and artifacts that were once used to mine coal and learn about what it would be like to work underground. If you take joy in visiting serene places full of culture, the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (about an hour drive) is a great stop. Beautiful gardens, demonstrations and cultural performances and Japanese crafts.
Enjoy the quiet, less populated area and take time to slow down and appreciate the simple life.