One of southern Alberta’s most recognized landmarks, the Cardston, Alberta Temple stands majestically in the town’s centre. The town’s settlers, Mormon pioneers, spent ten years constructing the palatial structure while they themselves lived in crude log houses and suffered abject poverty. The temple, finally finished in 1923, stands as a testament to their faith—and their engineering. The first Mormon temple built outside the United States, its clear geometry and strong lines echo the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
On September 16, 1995, the Government of Canada named the Cardston Alberta Temple a Canadian Historic Site.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from Victoria Day (May) through Labour Day (September).