St. Bernard's Mission
Together, St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church and the adjacent cemetery are known as St. Bernard’s Mission. The St. Bernard’s Mission has been officially designated as a Provincial Historic site in Alberta. This beautiful church was constructed by Bishop Emile Grouard and completed in 1902. The St. Bernard church is one of three churches that Bishop Grouard built in northern Alberta. Bishop Grouard was a reputable artist and in the churches he constructed, visitors will find displays of his art. In the St. Bernard Church, the wall behind the alter is adorned with his paintings on hide canvases. In the cemetery adjacent to the church, visitors will find the tombstones of Roman Catholic Bishops of the St. Bernard Mission – including Bishop Grouard - and the brothers and nuns who contributed to the establishment of religious importance in the region.
Today, the St. Bernard Church remains to be an important and operational church within the community of Grouard. As a friend of the Museum, the St. Bernard Church graciously allows the Museum to offer visitors interpretive tours of this site. We kindly remind all of our visitors that as the church remains operational, interpretive tours of the St. Bernard’s Mission cannot be reserved or guaranteed by the Museum.
The Museum’s Reference Library is open to the public during the Museum’s regular operating hours. Our Library’s archival holdings consist of photographs, rare print publications, historical newspapers, maps, and audiovisual materials.
The Museum’s Gift Shop is open during the Museum’s regular operating hours. Our Gift Shop supports local artisans and art programs by offering a selection of locally, hand-made items.
Visitors will also find a selection of topical books available for purchase. From 2002 to 2003, the Museum undertook a project to collect accounts of local history by means of interviews with local Elders with connections to Grouard. Life stories have been collected from the following Elders: John and Marguerite Giroux of Grouard, Mrs. Clara Anderson of Grouard, Elsie (Dumont) Stenstrom of Slave Lake, Mabel and Russell Grey of Whitefish River, Dee Dee and Jim Thomas of Faust, Arthur Lamothe of Joussard, Joe Willier of Sucker Creek, Flora Campbell of High Prairie, Doris Nichols of Salt Prairie, and Cecile Sylvestre of Edmonton.
These accounts were published by Northern Lakes College in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association in 2006. The publication is titled, Interviews with the Elders Volume 1, (2006) and copies are available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop.
Please note that the Gift Shop only accepts payment in cash.