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Etzikom: Your stop between Writing-on-Stone and Cypress Hills

Written by  Jordan Lewans
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Well-known in southern Alberta is Cypress Hills Provincial Park, named for the French voyageurs of the 18th century who erroneously called the place “les montagnes des cypres”, and its opportunities for camping, fishing, and hiking. 


Also well-known is Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, for its indigenous petroglyphs and pictographs, as well its unusual nature experiences of hiking and climbing through hoodoos.     
Less well-known, in the unassuming hamlet of Etzikom, is the Canadian National Historic Wind Power Centre. 
Outside Etzikom’sformer school are nearly twenty windmills donated from around Canada and the U.S.  That may sound like a small number, but it is the largest collection of windmills of any museum in the world. One of these is originally from Martha’s Vineyard, a Dutch-style windmill – a relic of extraordinary rarity in North America. 
Taking shelter from the Prairie wind inside the former school building, one can see century-old pianos with immaculate finishes, fossilised shellfish, dolls dressed more exquisitely than most royalty, and what a puma looks like face-to-face.
The Etzikom Museum & Historic Windmill Centre is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and on Sundays from 12-6 p.m.
Jordan Lewans is a History graduate of the University of Regina and assistant curator at the Etzikom Museum & Historical Windmill Centre.

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