Rimbey’s 2,600 town residents live on the northwest edge of Gull Lake (145 km southwest of Edmonton), which is home to Pas-Ka-Poo Historical Park. In 1901, Samuel Rimbey brought some 200 settler from Kansas to the northeast ridge of the scenic Blindman River valley. In 1919, a private railway between Rimbey and Lacombe was completed. The town’s “Beatty House” has been preserved as an excellent example of 1920’s architecture, and is a registered historic landmark. Recently, the town built an arena, a curling rink, and a recreation centre,.
The town is close to the Blindman River, and within a half-hour drive from four major lakes. Medicine Lake, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of the town, offers camping, boating and fishing. Area wildlife is a popular attraction for both photographers and nature-lovers.
Pas-Ka-Poo Historical Park
5620 51 St, Rimbey, AB T0C 2J0
(1 km north of town at highway 20 & 56th Ave.)
This Park features area historical buildings: a barber shop, blacksmith shop, church, general store, homesteader’s cabin, log schoolhouse, an 1898 sawmill, and the town office. Exhibits of local relics include farm machinery, household items, military uniforms and 19 Smithson’s International half-ton trucks from 1934 to 1974 (unique in the world). Allow 1.5 hours or 2 hours for a guided tour. The park is open daily from May to October 10 am to 5 pm. Smithson International Truck Museum is open daily 10 am to 5 pm. Admission fee.