On my last trip to Lloydminster, I stopped at several churches along the way. This church is right beside the highway, east of Camrose, AB. You can't miss it. It was one of 4 churches I stopped at that day.
This area of Alberta was predominantly settled by Scandinavian people, including a large cluster of Norwegian people. Over 20 Norwegian settlements were established within a 50 mile radius of Camrose, making it the largest concentration of Norwegian settlements in Canada.
After holding services in various homes, 5 families formed a congregation in 1909 and chose the name Hegre after a place in Norway. Over the next few years funds were raised and land donated. The church held it's first service in 1915, even though the interior of the church was unfinished. It was during the summer of 1916 that the interior was plastered, painted and the alter and balcony were built.
The church is no longer used for service but is used for special events. It was added to the Alberta Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Unfortunately I was not able to see inside, if this blog reaches anyone that knows this church, I would love to hear from you or see more photos.
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References: HeRMIS; Plaque on site
Photos taken on September 15, 2017