Vulcan, Fort Macleod, and Longview are just some of the communities getting help from the province to restore historical structures. 

On Wednesday, the Alberta government announced it invested $1.7 for over 80 restoration and heritage projects across the province. 

Among those projects receiving grant money is the E.P. (Edward Prince) Ranch in Longview, which will receive $12,583 to repair hail damage to the main house, manager’s house, and parts of the log cabin. 

The 41-hectare ranch was once owned by King Edward VIII, from 1919 to 1962. It became a well-known breeding ground for livestock including Clydesdale horses, and Shorthorn cattle. 

The Carmangay Church will receive $11,388 to repaint the building’s exterior and the picket fence. 

The Town of Vulcan will be granted $8,561 to repair and repaint eight historic windows and install eight new wood exterior storm windows at the AGT Building. 

Secretary of the Vulcan & District Historical Society, Hazel Bjarrisjaard said they were grateful when they found out they’d be receiving the grant money. 

The project has already been completed after hiring Chalmers Heritage out of Calgary for the work. 

“They did a fabulous job to create storm windows that look authentic, and we're all done with authentic material,” she said. 

The AGT Building was significant in establishing telephone service in 1911. The Province would later incorporate telephone service as a Crown corporation, Alberta Government Telephones (AGT). 

As demand for the service increased, the government built the AGT Building in Vulcan in 1917 to house the expanded switching equipment.   

Fort Macleod received one of the biggest grants on the list, $82,820 to replace the main roof and demolish the structurally unsound balcony at the Queen’s Hotel.  The Hotel Restoration Corporation will also get $4,276 for additional work including creating architectural drawings. 

The current Queen’s Hotel was built in 1903 and was one of the first buildings in town built of sandstone. At its peak, it housed several influential businesspeople and political leaders. It was declared an Alberta Historic Resource in 2012.  

The town was also announced as a recipient of a Heritage Research grant, $1,000 for the March of the Red Coats Educational Program.