In the late 1940s, the Town of Sexsmith was known as the Grain Capital of the British Empire, shipping more grain than any other port in the Empire. To this day, the surrounding area has some of the most fertile soil, making it one of the largest grain producers in the world. Sexsmith has grown and is a friendly, progressive community with over 2500 people. The community offers excellent education, religious, recreational and cultural facilities, including a municipal campground called Heritage Park that includes a fish pond. These facilities continue to make Sexsmith a great place to live, raise a family and visit. Sexsmith is located minutes north on Highway #2 from the City of Grande Prairie; it’s a stop you don’t want to miss.
Sexsmith has transformed its downtown core to showcase the 1920s and 30s.
Vintage street lighting, a gazebo, large old fashioned clock, and a livery barn create a setting that allows you to step back into another era. An important attraction is the 1916 Sexsmith Blacksmith Shop, a provincial historical site that was built in 1916. It is one of the country’s most completely equipped operating museum sites of its type in existence, and one of the best examples in Canada of an early smithy.
The resident smithy will leave visitors with a smile on their face while sharing stories about the beginnings of settlement in the region. Across from the blacksmith shop is the Paszkowski Farm House (1911) which has been restored to the original condition.
The very active Museum Society is working to rebuild the old lumber yard that was destroyed by fire in 2009. To replace the 1916 Roman Catholic Church that also burned, They have purchased the beautiful Anglican Church, built in 1936. There is also discussion on trying to save an elevator, which would preserve our unique skyline.
Further expanding on the old time theme is the old Sexsmith Railway Station and caboose, built in 1928; it is one of the focal points of the downtown and also a provincial historical site.
Each year the Town of Sexsmith holds many annual events including Chautauqua Days in June. This event has been held for over 75 years, and is an old fashioned community celebration inspired by the traveling entertainers who first came to the prairies. It’s a great time to visit and exchange stories.