Nature Centre & Museum
Open: Wednesday–Saturday, 10AM–5PM, summer only
Phone: 780-662-3191 or 780-662-3269
Located on the access road to Tofield is the Beaverhill Lake Nature Center & Museum. Built in 1996, this facility combines the natural and cultural history of Tofield, interpretive information about Beaverhill Lake, tourist information, local artists display and more.
The Tofield Historical Society (THS) was formed in 1961 and, soon after, members established the Tofield Museum. The museum has been housed in three different locations: the first in a schoolhouse located on the Tofield School grounds, the second in an annex of the Tofield Arena and the third in the Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre & Museum Facility.
The Tofield Museum provides exhibits that cover the development of Tofield from the early Indigenous settlements to the arrival of European and American settlers and subsequent agricultural and business developments. These exhibits reflect the development of schools, medical care, agricultural practices and church communities of early pioneers.
The Tofield Museum has accomplished great milestones:
- 2011: “Engagement Award” from Alberta Museums Association
- 2012: “Recognized Museum Status” from the Alberta Museums Association.
THS is a member of CREAM (Central Rural East Alberta Museums), a support group for museums in rural Alberta.
Our board is very proud of our achievements as we strive to provide our visitors with the best possible experiences and programs.
Over the years, the Tofield Historical Society had published two history books: Tales of Tofield 1 (1969) and Tales of Tofield 2 (2009).
Tofield Historical Society had published two history books: Tales of Tofield 1 (1969) and Tales of Tofield 2 (2009).
Tales of Tofield 1 is not available in print, but digital information can be accessed here. (Due to the size of the file, this link will take a few moments to open.)
Tales of Tofield 2 is available for purchase at the Tofield Municipal Library and the Tofield Museum located inside the Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre. Cost: $50.00 for hard cover and $40.00 for soft cover. Shipping and handling charges will be extra.
To order/purchase books, contact:
Tofield, Alberta T0B 4J0
Phone: (780) 662-2479
In 1990, an increase in interest in birding, and in birdwatchers to the area, led local government agencies to cooperatively plan the Beaverhill Lake Snow Goose Festival (1991–2002) an annual “celebration of spring migration” through Beaverhill Lake. With volunteers from Edmonton Nature Club, Canadian Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited, the festival ran very successfully for 10 years. With declining water levels due to drought, conditions were not as favourable for birding in the nearby areas, and the Snow Goose Festival was suspended. Although the migrating birds still migrate through the Tofield area, they are more abundantly found in larger bodies of water nearby such as Hastings Lake or Islet Lake, as well as flooded fields and sloughs throughout the Beaver Hills and Tofield area.
In recent years, rising waters in Beaverhill Lake, stronger number of Snow Geese migrating through in the spring and increased bird activity have renewed the interest in reviving the Snow Goose Festival. Currently, the festival is planned to return in 2023.
Other links of interest:
The project came together through partnership with the Town of Tofield, Lions Club, Beaver County and generous donations from other groups and individuals in the community. The asphalt track can be used by truly anything with wheels. The track, designed by the same teams who have built and constructed professional courses for the Red Bull circuit provides a strong attraction to the community. Although the course can be accessed and used by all, a helmet is mandatory for all users.
Tofield offers almost 5 kms of beautiful and well-kept hiking trails, which are easily accessible to the entire community and can be enjoyed year-round. Whether one is interested in observing nature and wildlife or enhancing their health and recreational needs, the walking path system accommodates everyone.
The Ball Diamonds in Tofield are located on Tofield Sportsgrounds at 4748 53 Avenue.
4 shale diamonds used by Tofield Minor Baseball, Tofield Triggers (Ladies Fastball), Tofield Braves (Men’s Baseball) and Slo-Pitch.
Diamonds are home to the annual Ry-Tof Tournament. Diamond schedules will be listed here as available. Please call the Tofield Town Office at 780-662-3269 to book.
The Tofield Arena is owned and operated by the Tofield Agricultural Society, with funding assistance from the Town of Tofield, Beaver County and the Government of Alberta. The seating area is heated, and a concession is available.
Features of the Sports Grounds
- Batting cage on site
- Washrooms available in arena for events on the fairgrounds (as needed)
- Gymkhana Arena: 6 bucking chutes, holding pens, bleachers and announcement booth
- Metal 6′ fencing
- Curling Rink: 4-sheet rink, lounge and concession open October to March. This rink is available for rent on or off season.