The McDougall Church at Morley, Alberta

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Prairie Crocus at McDougall Memorial United Church

If you’ve ever driven the old Highway 1a from Cochrane to Canmore then you’ve seen a beautiful old white church nestled in amongst long prairie grasses and a series of rustic fences. This is the historic McDougall Memorial United Church. The church was originally built on the site of the Morleyville Mission in 1875 and has been a fixture on the landscape in the foothills ever since.

The property is now maintained by the McDougall Stoney Mission Society and is still used for church services and is available to rent for weddings and events.

My favorite thing about the site is the abundant growth of wild Prairie Crocuses (croci) every spring. Hundreds of these beautiful pink flowers can be found in the fields surrounding the site. It’s worth it to drive out there in late April or early May just to see the flowers. While you’re there be sure to check out the church too!


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