Explore Cold Lake's Rich History

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santanaya

four Museums packed into one

Learn about all the aspects of Cold Lake that make it unique. 

The Cold Lake Air Force Museum (CLAFM) is a fully accredited air force museum that interprets the history of 4-wing Cold Lake from its inception in 1954 to the present. The galleries portray squadron histories, technologies, stories, and artifacts. As well, the CLAFM covers the history of the radar squadron that once inhabited the facility during the Cold War. 

Cold Lake’s Aboriginal history dates back long before Europeans came to the North American Continent. Here the Dene Suline and Cree nations shared the resources that the lake and the surrounding areas had to offer. Artifacts from dream catchers to fishing and trapping gear are mixed in a storyline depicting the history of the Dene Suline, Cree nations and Metis peoples living on the shores of Cold Lake and its surrounding areas.

Step back in time to pre-WWII Cold Lake! Here you will find artifacts that illustrate the history of European immigrants to Cold Lake. Before oil and the air force, Cold Lake was a land of farmers, fishermen, fur trappers, and loggers who came west for the new opportunities this land of lakes offered.

Visit the Oil and Gas Interpretive Centre. Discover the great developments that occurred in Cold Lake’s Oil Sands industry. Learn about the history, geology, production, transportation, and various uses for Cold Lake oil. With the assistance of interactive exhibits, understand why unique technology was developed specifically for the Cold Lake Oil Sands.

Admission: Free

Like Wikipedia, we don’t charge you for visiting but we greatly appreciate donations! .

Hours of Operation

Due to the current COVID situation, our hours have changed.


3699 69 AVE, COLD LAKE, AB  T9M 0B5