Come out for a visit to Otter Pottery and check out the handmade pottery by David Todd. The pottery shop is located at 74 Johnson Avenue in Markerville, Alberta, two doors west of the Lutheran Church. This is a small hamlet of only 19 buildings and six streets. We are a short drive from Hwy 2; 30 minutes SW of Red Deer and 15 minutes NW of Innisfail.
There is lots to do in Markerville and the local area. Settled by Icelandic immigrants, its roots reach back to 1885 and offer many points of interest within its eight acres. Once you park, it is easy to get around. The quaintness of single lane streets, which are all paved, make for a pleasant roll or stroll around checking out the historic sites.
Additionally, throughout the hamlet, there are many placards denoting the one-time location of buildings dating back to when you were in a thriving town of 200-plus people and in a center of commerce. Visit the Creamery Museum, Fensala Hall, Buttermaker’s House, Lutheran Church, Stephansson Park Monument in Markerville, the world’s largest Cream Can and the Sundial in the creamery courtyard.
Come on the July long weekend for Artists on the Avenue, where 15-plus artisans show their work, set up on the lawns of Johnson Avenue. Do not miss the views from the walking bridge crossing the Medicine River, or as you explore the River Walk or hike the nature trail. You will be surprised by the number of birds and wildlife you will see in this park-like settlement. Make it a full day to come and explore, but be sure to save time for ice cream at the creamery. In July and August you can catch Thursday’s Supper and Song, with a free concert starting at 6:30 pm in the courtyard.
There are other nearby points of interest as well. Close by is the Stephansson House, the home of the Icelandic poet; as well as Dickson Dam; and the Danish Museum at Dickson. For those wanting to stay longer, the Markerville Community Campground is just across the walking bridge on the west side of the Medicine River. There are fifteen campsites with fire pits, and two ball diamonds. Reservations are needed; contact MarkervilleCommunity@gmail.com.