Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Field Trips and Tours

Visit one of Edmonton’s oldest landmarks!

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA) offers unique education and recreation at a beautiful pastoral horse farm in the heart of the city. For a century it has been a favourite year-round destination, inspiring generations of artists, athletes and visitors with friendly horses, historic log cabin, stone fence and stone house, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, barns and show grounds.

Owned by the City of Edmonton since the 1970’s, this star attraction in the River Valley is where our trail system began. Under Parks and Recreation Community Services WELCA provides accessible horse programs all year round.

Your tour may encompass art, history, social studies, science, math and language as WELCA’s noble horses touch your students hearts and open their minds. As Winston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”.

Download the school field trip reservation form.


On Your Field Trip...

  • Visit Dr. Keillor’s Log Cabin, built around 1918 with the last logs floated down the North Saskatchewan River.
  • See the large white heart-shaped stone he placed above the fireplace and the symmetrical split river rocks on either side of it.
  • SWalk along the stone fence Dr. Keillor constructed with his wife and daughters.
  • SView the stone home he called, “My Retreat”
  • SListen to birds singing and horses neighing. What inspired Keillor to create this farm after he survived World War 1? Why did he donate his land for the Road to Whitemud Creek, donate trees to the city, pay for power to the ski tow, lights for the clubhouse, storage for canoe clubs, invite Edmontonians to ride and picnic? Why did he turn down a fortune to keep this farm “for the people?”
  • SWatch horses in the pastures, playing, eating, drinking, sleeping while standing up!
  • SSee how staff care for them 24 hours a day.
  • SWatch barn cats patrolling for mice.
  • STour the 1950’s riding arena and horse barns and hear about the famous cowboys who built it.
  • SWalk the trails cowboys cut with machetes to start our River Valley Trail System.
  • SSee the office and classroom built by Grant McEwan when he operated Equine Studies here in the 1970’s.
  • SSee how horse feed is stored and how staff clean and manage thousands of pounds of manure every day.
  • SWatch horses at work providing healthy exercise and therapy for people. See our farrier/blacksmith trimming horses hooves. (booked in advance).

Prepare Your Class for a School Trip to the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre

Language Arts: Read horse poetry, famous quotations, and stories

Social Studies: Study the history of horses as transportation and in agriculture

Art: Draw and sculpt horses and ponies, wagons and cowboys

Science and Math: How does grass become hay? Why is straw different from hay? Why do horses also eat oats and lick salt? How much water does a horse need? How many kilograms of manure does a horse make daily, weekly, monthly, yearly? How do we recycle it?

Upcoming Events

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Balanced Rider Put Into Practice

April 29 6pm - classroom

Corrective Exercises by Jenifer Parks, Equiletics

Presented by EAADA $30/session or $50/both
April 26 7-9pm Classroom
May 3 7-9pm Classroom

Breath Work Clinic with Karl Faes (16+ only)

$65/session
May 4 5-9pm Classroom

Pony Poop Compost Sale 10am-2pm

May 5 & 6
May 20 & 21

Edmonton Kubota Demo Days

May 12 & 13 - show grounds

J Percy Page Career Day

May 16

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

Moonlight in the Meadows

Technology networking conference - show grounds
June 8

WELCA Horsemanship Year End Show

Kids, Hounds & Homecooking
June 23 & 24

Pony Up Half Day Summer Camps (ages 4-9)

July 9-13 FULL
July 23-27 FULL
August 6-10 FULL

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

July 2-6 FULL
July 16-20 FULL
August 13-17 FULL

Feathered Horse Classic Show

July 20-22

Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 8-12

AB North Pony Club Show

August 22 - 26

Chasing the Wind - Story of Horses

Documentary Viewing Party
September 16, 8pm - Classroom


Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

Map to WELCA