Mcdougall Memorial United Church

Mcdougall Memorial United Church, Morley

Mcdougall Memorial United Church

Mcdougall Memorial United Church
3.5
Historic Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Mission Statement To preserve, maintain and interpret the historic McDougall Stoney Mission Church, site and landmarks for the benefit all visitors worldwide, for generations to come. Vision Statement Share and celebrate the exceptional pioneer heritage of Western Canada that is uniquely reflected in the story of the Morleyville Settlement, inspiring others to follow in the path of peace and mutual respect between all peoples. Encourage everyone that attends the site to: • Understand history – through interpretive walks and presentations, and through supporting archaeological and historical research in the area. • Connect with the Stoney Nation - through fellowship, special events and cultural displays and programs. • Explore regional culture - through art, dance, theater and craft. • Learn local ecology and nature – interpret the biology, geology and botany of the site and surrounding area, including local Indigenous knowledge of the region.
Suggested duration
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mblitch
Brandon, FL66 contributions
Site destroyed by fire.
Aug 2018
Not worth visiting. The building was burned in 2017. Only the open foundation remains plus a small hut.
Written 23 August 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review mblitch. The McDougall Stoney Mission Society is the Non Profit organization that is charged with the care and maintenance of the site. We are working with the Alberta Provincial Government and with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation to see what the options are for preserving this important Provincial Historic Site. Please stay tuned for future announcements and in the meantime, there is short informative walk with interpretive signage through the site of Morleyville. Come learn about the McDougall’s Mission to the Stoney Nakoda, the first schools in Southern Alberta and learn about the town which was bigger than Calgary at the time.
Written 25 August 2018
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BenLar137
Calgary, Canada13,392 contributions
Destroyed by Fire May 22, 2017 - may be rebuilt
Feb 2018 • Solo
The McDougall Memorial United Church, a 142 year old structure near Morley, was reduced to a charred frame in a Monday morning fire that prompted an RCMP investigation.
Rocky View County fire crews responded to the church, located approximately 25 kilometres west of Cochrane, at approximately 4:00 a.m. and encountered flames engulfing the building.
“Early this morning I got the phone call from our contact person who is in contact with the fire department,” said Ron Moore, president of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society. “The chief informed her that the building had been destroyed by fire, suspected arson but that’s not confirmed yet.”
Written 6 February 2018
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PeterB8343
Lacombe, Canada212 contributions
Great stop!
Mar 2017 • Couples
If you are at all interested in history, and especially of the indigenous people this is a great stop. I have by this church many times, but this day took about 45 minutes to look and wander about.

The church is located on Hwy 1A just west of Morley and is clearly visible. It was a self guided tour when we were there and with interpretive signs etc, you got a good feel of the place and the great history that surrounded the location.

We were not able to go inside the church as it was March 2017 but did wander the grounds and did wander outside the fenced area where there was more signage and even a remnant of a house foundation visible still.

As it was cold, we did not stay too long but I would like to go back in warmer temperatures and even go when the church is open.
Written 27 March 2017
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TBayReg
Thunder Bay, Canada257 contributions
A Pleasant Surprise
Oct 2016 • Couples
Well-preserved original church. Simple design and settling. Really good interpretive signs describing its history and that of the Indigenous Stoney Peoples.
Written 8 October 2016
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,875 contributions
Delightful little church
Sep 2016 • Couples
Although listed under Banff, this charming little building is situated on Route 1A, about midway between Calgary and Banff. The building is totally isolated but well worth the stop. It was built in 1875 as a memorial to the Rev. George McDougall and is now cared for by the McDougall Stoney Mission Society. The church was locked when we visited, but there is a washroom at the rear which was open and for which we were very thankful.
Written 25 September 2016
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Old-Eye
Milton, Canada391 contributions
Rustic Wedding Service
Aug 2016 • Friends
Wedding service in the tiny, little-house-on-the-prairie, chapel surrounded by the rolling foothills, with the Rocky Mountains looming in the distance. Absolutely beautiful location for a small, very intimate wedding service in a place with some genuine historical significance. About 50 minutes from Calgary, just a little past the town of Cochrane. Breathtaking and beautiful. Blink though, and you'll miss it!
Written 9 August 2016
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birdieisthewordie
Kansas City, MO27 contributions
Iconic historical church
Jul 2016 • Couples
Very lovely, well preserved historical church. Not in Banff as many others say. A little off the beaten path if you're heading from Banff to Calgary but worth a stop. It was actually on our way to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.
Written 28 July 2016
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robjustrob
Lethbridge, Canada1,684 contributions
near banff, but not in banff
Mar 2016 • Business
this church is out near morley, which is close to banff but not in the park. if you want to see this place, you need to stop there on your way to banff as it is out of the way.
Written 19 March 2016
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Donna M
Calgary, Canada755 contributions
This Church is on Morley, ALberta
Jul 2015 • Friends
This is one of the oldest churches in Canada located on Highway 1A at the Morleyville Settlement, Morley, Alberta, and NOT in Banff which is 45 minute drive West of this historical site. Skip the drive on Hwy 1 - the Trans Canada - and take Hwy 1A for a more scenic drive to the provincial parks, Canmore and Banff etc.
It's a beautiful area with very little traffic and lots of places to stop and enjoy the landscape. You can Google this site and find out the detailed history about this settlement at the Historic Places Canada website. In summer there are sometimes events held here and the church is open - otherwise, you are not able to get into these buildings but can walk around the area. Follow the posted signs to read the history here - it's well worth it. I have been here many times and can say it is my favorite place in the area.
Written 29 January 2016
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Bruce H
Brisbane, Australia1,531 contributions
Cute and Historic
May 2015 • Friends
The Memorial United Church is a Gothic Revival church built in 1927. I loved the modified Tudor half-timbering and a locally-quarried stone base. The stained glass windows were interesting showing the founding denominations and biblical scenes.
Written 16 June 2015
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  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM