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Address: Town of Rowely | Starland County, Rowley, Alberta, Canada
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Rowley is more than just a Ghost Town it's a photographer's silent haven

I decided to go to Rowley to explore the ghost towns in Alberta and this was my first stop. I went in April and what a great time to go. There was no one there but us and it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 19, 2015
Red Deer, Canada
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Red Deer, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

I decided to go to Rowley to explore the ghost towns in Alberta and this was my first stop. I went in April and what a great time to go. There was no one there but us and it was quiet, really really quiet. I loved checking out all the stores - they have a saloon, a school, a church,... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

As an avid photographer, I love visiting Rowley. The town has many old abandoned buildings just begging to be shot. The town also holds a monthly pizza night on the last Saturday of every month that draws folks out from many parts of Alberta. "Sam's Saloon" with its sawdust-covered floors is packed to the rafters with tourists enjoying drinks, pizzas... More 

1 Thank LenLangevin
Alberta, Canada
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88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We heard about Rowley while visiting Drumheller. We decided to stop on the way home, and it was a nice little stop. Great to see that a tiny town has such a passion to preserve its historic buildings and history of the town. Great job Rowley! I read somewhere that Sams Saloon there has a pizza night once a month,... More 

2 Thank 24Magoo
Prince Albert, Canada
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

From a photographer's standpoint, this place is a must if you are attempting to photograph a traditional prairie community. I just did a personal walking tour of the location and wasn't disappointed. It would be nice to visit again with my family. It is not often that you find such well preserved pieces of our prairie history.

1 Thank Mark Z
Bushmills, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This was my first experience of a ghost town and it was fascinating! It's situated very much off the beaten path and requires a drive deep into the Albertan prairies. There's a small museum which was an old railway house, a few grain elevators, an abandoned railway and a small dusty street with a few old buildings and abandoned houses.... More 

2 Thank Kirstine M
Gravenhurst, Canada
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81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We toured many of the small towns and village of this area and Rowley was one of our favourites. The main street, both sides is just as it was in the early 1900's. It was a real windy day and off season, so things weren't open. Many of the building displays were visible from the sidewalk. There is free camping... More 

2 Thank wendy s
hussar, near Drumheller.
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Make sure you mark your calendar for the Last Saturday of the Month! Allow a full day for exploring the area, Tons to see in the neighbouring Villages! Pick a good travel day! Bring a camera and maybe even a tent or camper type van, to camp in! Fill the gas tank, as the filling stations are few! In Summertime,... More 

3 Thank hussarian
Newcastle, Canada
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128 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were in Drumheller for two nights and one rainy overcast day. After spending the morning at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the immediate dinosaur drive around the badlands, we ventured further afield lured by a brochure of local attractions of the surrounding rural area. The description of Rowley sounded interesting and there in the middle of nowhere beside the... More 

2 Thank Are J
Osoyoos, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The last Saturday of every month is a great time to visit Rowley but order your pizza right at 5:00 pm when they start taking the orders or you'll be waiting awhile. July 27th was so much fun with a visit to Sam's Saloon throught the swinging doors and looking at all the old signs and artifacts while having a... More 

5 Thank Darlene L
Lillehammer, Norge
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

On the last day of our Canada trip we discovered the sign 'Museum town' and decided to have a look. It was very special to see an abandoned town so good taken care of. The main street, school, church, railway station and everything looked very identical. It must have been a lonely life out on the prairie when the train... More 

3 Thank Øystein E

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