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

Learn To Ride Program

Fall Program starts November 19
Winter Program starts January 28
8 week or 5 week program

Mark Laskin Jumping Clinic

December 2 - Audit tickets available

Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

Map to WELCA