Nielsen CPR House

IMG_2607 Nielsen CPR

The Canadian Pacific Railway is largely responsible for advancing the colonization efforts in Western Canada in the 1900s, during the second wave of Danish immigration.

Southern Alberta’s dry, treeless land was unappealing to new settlers so the CPR developed Ready-Made Farm packages to entice newcomers to the area. A typical package consisted of 160 acres of land, fenced and ploughed; a house, shed, and barn; and a drilled well and pump house.

Aksel Nielsen purchased a Ready-Made Farm near Standard, Alberta, where he and his wife Marie raised 7 children. After the children grew up and moved on, the farm changed hands and the house sat empty. The Nielsen CPR house was moved to the Danish Canadian Museum as part of our permanent collection.