5. Etzikom Museum

As much of the world pours billions of dollars into renewable energy today, the Etzikom Museum offers a glimpse into the wind energy industry when it was little more than a cottage industry.

These early windmills once populated the Southern Alberta prairie, providing the ability for early homesteads to pump water and run basic operations. The rest of the museum is housed in a converted school – yet another example of prairie resourcefulness – and houses one of the best libraries you’re likely to find; with rare books, including a bible from the 1880s and a collection of early edition Western novels by authors like Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour.

As renewable energy moves more and more into our global consciousness, the Etzikom Museum is one of the best places to learn about its humble beginnings, born out of necessity on a dry, windy landscape.

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