Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 02/03/2014

Photo taken on February  2, 2014

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Carpenter's Gothic style of architecture
Rev. George McDougall
Morleyville Mission
McDougall Memorial United Church
Morleyville Historic Mission
west of Cochrane
Highway 1A
scenic route
Rocky Mountains

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Little church in the foothills

Little church in the foothills
Yesterday, 2 February 2014, I went on an annual birding trip to Harvey Heights, near Canmore, which is near Banff in the Rocky Mountains. This year, we drove around the Water Valley area, NW of Calgary, en route, hoping that we might just be able to find an owl of some kind - nothing : ) Driving west from Water Valley, we passed this tiny church, which I have photographed a few times before. This time, I was able to get a quick shot through the windscreen of the church from a distance, as I was not the one who was driving. Have added a closer, previously posted photo, below. Thanks, Andrew, for another great day out in the mountains!

A sign at the church had the following words on it:

"The historic church at the end of this pathway was constructed in 1875. At that time, native people were still hunting bison on the prairies. The young nation of Canada was only eight years old; the Canadian Pacific Railway still nine years in the future. And this church would become the heart of a thriving community, Morleyville, and for a time the largest settlement in what would be southern Alberta.

The story of this church is really the story of Rev. George McDougall who moved to western Canada with his family in 1862 to minister to the fur traders and native people. In 1873, the McDougalls established the first mission in the region and built this church. In doing so, they wrote an important chapter of Alberta's settlement history".

After George McDougall's tragic death in a snowstorm, his body was brought back to the church at Morleyville and laid to rest.

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Cats 99
Cats 99
It is so beautiful, and it looks so wonderful nestled in the mountain landscape like that. It's interesting to know the history behind it too. It has been around for a very long time!
4 years ago.
Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott
Previously posted photo of the church from a different angle.

Little church with personality
4 years ago.
Expansive shot ... beautiful sky, clouds and majestic mountains ... an outstanding view!!
4 years ago.
Cute little church and what a magnificent setting for worship & reflection!
4 years ago.