Masinasin, Alberta

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Masinasin, Alberta
Unincorporated community
Masinasin, Alberta is located in Alberta
Masinasin, Alberta
Masinasin, Alberta
Location of Masinasin in Alberta
Coordinates: 49°9′7.85″N 111°40′34.72″W / 49.1521806°N 111.6763111°W / 49.1521806; -111.6763111Coordinates: 49°9′7.85″N 111°40′34.72″W / 49.1521806°N 111.6763111°W / 49.1521806; -111.6763111
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Southern Alberta
Census division 2
Municipal district County of Warner No. 5
Founded 1890s
Government
 • Reeve Bob Jones
 • Administrator Scott
 • Governing body Warner County Council
 • MP Jim Hillyer
 • MLA Gary Bikman
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code span TOK
Area code(s) +1-403
Highways Highway 500
Highway 501

Masinasin is a former community in Alberta, Canada within the County of Warner No. 5. It is located 1 km (0.62 mi) off Highway 501 on Range Road 133, approximately 31 km (19 mi) east of the Town of Milk River and 18 km (11 mi) north of the Canada–US border and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. All that remains of the former community is a small alternative school with baseball diamonds and the overgrown Pioneer Cemetery,[1] approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) to the southeast on Highway 500.

Masinasin is a Cree name meaning 'Writing on Stone', referring to figures and writing cut in the sandstone banks of Milk River.[citation needed]

Climate[edit]

Masinasin experiences a semi-arid, continental climate (Köppen climate classification BSk).[2]

Climate data for Masinasin, Alberta
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 17
(63)
24
(75)
23
(73)
31.5
(88.7)
33.5
(92.3)
37
(99)
39
(102)
41
(106)
37
(99)
31
(88)
24
(75)
17.5
(63.5)
41
(106)
Average high °C (°F) −1.3
(29.7)
2.2
(36)
6.7
(44.1)
13.9
(57)
19.5
(67.1)
23.6
(74.5)
27.5
(81.5)
27.3
(81.1)
20.7
(69.3)
13.9
(57)
4.1
(39.4)
−1.9
(28.6)
13
(55)
Daily mean °C (°F) −7.1
(19.2)
−3.9
(25)
0.6
(33.1)
6.7
(44.1)
11.9
(53.4)
16.1
(61)
19.1
(66.4)
18.8
(65.8)
13.1
(55.6)
7.1
(44.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
−7.6
(18.3)
6.1
(43)
Average low °C (°F) −12.8
(9)
−10.1
(13.8)
−5.6
(21.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
4.3
(39.7)
8.6
(47.5)
10.6
(51.1)
10.2
(50.4)
5.4
(41.7)
0.1
(32.2)
−7.2
(19)
−13.3
(8.1)
−0.9
(30.4)
Record low °C (°F) −39
(−38)
−36.5
(−33.7)
−35
(−31)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−6.5
(20.3)
−1.5
(29.3)
2
(36)
−1.5
(29.3)
−8
(18)
−27
(−17)
−34.5
(−30.1)
−41
(−42)
−41
(−42)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 21.3
(0.839)
15.1
(0.594)
36
(1.42)
31.4
(1.236)
55.6
(2.189)
66.6
(2.622)
37.3
(1.469)
40.1
(1.579)
39.4
(1.551)
23.3
(0.917)
22
(0.87)
19.1
(0.752)
407.2
(16.031)
Source: 1971-2000 Environment Canada[3]

Education[edit]

The Milk River Valley School District No. 2024 was formed on August 24, 1909. The Milk River Valley school was a one room schoolhouse that once stood at township 15 - 2 - 13 - W4.[4] Originally named Milk River Valley, the name was changed to Masinasin in 1941, when several area school districts were centralized and moved to Masinasin.

Regional attractions[edit]

Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum

The Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum[5] features a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) nest and embryo, ancient fossils, dinosaur models, located in the Warner.

Galt Historic Railway Park

The Galt Historic Railway Park located 1 km north of Stirling is another popular museum which displays of life and travel in the 1880s to 1920s are set up in the restored 1890 North West Territories International Train Station from Coutts, Alberta, Canada and Sweetgrass, Montana, USA. The station was moved to the current location near Stirling in 2000 and is added onto every year. Future plans to move the 1925 Oglvie grain elevator from Wrentham for display along the station in the 36-acre (150,000 m2) park is still in the planning stages.

Stirling Agricultural Village

Stirling Agricultural Village is a National Historic Site of Canada, and was listed as one of only three communities in Canada designated as a National Historic Site because of the community’s well preserved settlement pattern that follows the Plat of Zion model.[6] Located within the village are two museums the Michelsen Farmstead a totally restored 1900s home showcasing rual life in Alberta in the 1930s. Listed as a Provincial Historic Site in 2001,[7] and the Galt Historic Railway Park.

Warner elevator row

The Warner elevator row is a row of historic wood-cribbed grain elevators. A total of six elevators still stand in a row from south to north alongside the Canadian Pacific Railway on the east entrance of the village of Warner. Due to the loss of a vast amount of Alberta's many grain elevators, the elevator row in Warner remains the very last row of elevators in Alberta. Only two elevator rows remain in Canada, Warner's row and the elevators in Inglis, Manitoba.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is a National Park located in the extreme southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, 40 km west of Cardston, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton Lakes was Canada's fourth National Park formed in 1895. The Rocky Mountains rise suddenly out of the rolling prairies in the park. Amid the peaks are the three Waterton Lakes, carved out of the rock by ancient glaciers.

Writing On Stone Provincial Park

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, is one of the largest areas of protected prairie in the Alberta park system, and serves as both a nature preserve and protection for the largest concentration of rock art, created by Plains People. There are over 50 rock art sites, with thousands of figures, as well as numerous archeological sites.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masinasin Cemetery - Photos
  2. ^ "Climatic Regions [Köppen]". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Environment Canada1971–2000. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ Milk River Valley/Masinasin S.D. No. 2024 - Glenbow Archives
  5. ^ Village of Warner. "Devil's Coulee Dinosaur Heritage Museum". Archived from the original on 2007-07-29. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  6. ^ Parks Canada (June 2007). "Village of Stirling National Historic Site". Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  7. ^ Village of Stirling. "Michelsen Farmstead". Retrieved 2007-11-13.