Nielsen CPR House

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The treeless, dry land in southern Alberta was a tough sell to new settlers, so the CPR adopted a new sales approach––the package deal.

Their Ready-Made Farm packages were promoted heavily, especially in the rural United States and Denmark.

Aksel Nielsen purchased a Ready-Made Farm near Standard, Alberta, which included:

  • 160 acres of land, fenced and ploughed
  • A house, shed and barn
  • A drilled well and pumphouse

Aksel married Marie, his Danish sweetheart and raised seven children on their Ready-Made Farm. The children grew up and moved on but returned every year for a Danish-style Christmas Eve feast.

When the farm changed hands, the house sat empty. In 2007, it was moved to the Museum to be restored.

In the not-so-distant future, we'll announce that one of Alberta's few remaining CPR farmhouses is Ready-Made for your visit!

When you visit:

  • Find: Plans for a CPR Ready-Made Farm
  • Stump our Guide: What's a Ready-Made Farm?
  • Solve the Mystery: Where did the seven children sleep?
  • In our Gift Shop: Danish Christmas decorations and more

Museum Hours: Open May 8th until September 7th. Thursday through Monday: 10:00am - 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Year round on Fridays: 10.00 - 4.00 pm

How To Get Here: Take Hwy 54 West of Innisfail, AB - Turn South (left) on Range Road 31 in Spruce View - Straight through the 4 way stop in Dickson, AB. 0.8km south on the right.

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