Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Explore Icelandic History

by | Published on July 12, 2013 | Last updated on July 5, 2019

Based on a visit to the area on June 30, 2013

Discover the Icelandic heritage in the Markerville area with the costumed interpreters of the Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site.

Restored to its 1927 appearance, the house built by Stephan G. Stephansson offers a glimpse into the local heritage and life of the renowned Icelandic poet.

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Kitchen stove at the Stephansson House

Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site

Stephan G. Stephansson’s office

The historic site is relatively small but the costumed interpreters make it a worthwhile stop. We enjoyed learning about Central Alberta’s pioneer life, the old-fashioned chores of spinning wool and baking in a wood-burning stove during our visit.

The little wooden house, painted pink with green trims, sits in the heart of the farmland that attracted many Scandinavian homesteader to the area in the early 1900’s. The house is the backdrop for the story of Stephan G. Stephansson, who came to Alberta to carve out a better life for his family.

About Stephan G. Stephansson

Born in northern Iceland in 1853, Stephansson emigrated first to Wisconsin in 1873 before homesteading in Alberta in 1889. Stephansson became a significant figure for his poetry on themes such as the Albertan landscape, religion, war, history and tradition. His poems were published in Icelandic but have since been translated to English.

Plan Your Adventure

  • Hours: Open between 10:00 and 17:00 from May 15 to Labour Day
  • Recommended Visit: 1+ hour
  • Family Friendly: Great for all ages
  • Amenities: Picnic tables and washrooms
  • Admission fees – Summer 2018:
    • Adult: $5
    • Senior (65+): $4
    • Youth (7-17): $2
    • Child (0-6): Free
    • Family: $14

Visit their website at for more information.

Group Tours

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