Note: Road Trip Memories is a series on Traveler Ahoy where I look back at the various things I’ve seen and done on past road trips.
Donalda is a small village located along highway 53 in Alberta. It’s about a two hour drive southeast from Edmonton. This summer driving back from Saskatoon I decided to take a different way home and I stopped in Donalda.
I’ve actually been to this town few times before. It’s a pretty town, and is quite different from the other towns I’m used to seeing. I think it’s because of the Meeting Creek Coulee which is on the edge of town. When I drive through Donalda I can start to see the landscape change from prairie farmland to the badlands which continue on into southern Alberta. Donalda has an art gallery housed in a 1932 art deco style building, which used to house a bank. There’s also a museum with a large collection of oil lamps and local artifacts. Unfortunately on my last visit the museum and the art gallery were closed for the day.
Donalda also has the World’s Largest Oil Lamp which measures 12.8 metres high and 5.18m wide (or 42 feet high by 17 feet wide). At dusk the lamp lights up.