The town of Cardston, Canada is home to fewer than 4,000 people, but despite its size, it has two claims to fame. Not only is Cardston the Mormon capital of Canada, with approximately 80 percent of its population identifying as Latter-day Saints, it’s also home to an expansive museum dedicated entirely to the history of carriages.
The Remington Carriage Museum is home to 270 carriages, buggies, and wagons of many shapes, models, and sizes. The collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. The carriages date back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, when horses were the primary form of transportation. The collection includes carriages and other tack that were used by famous figures like Jackie Chan, Ulysses S. Grant, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pierre Trudeau.
Throughout the museum there is a variety of carriage and equine-related attractions, including a tack room showcasing various styles of reins, a trivia exhibit called “Horse University,” and a film analyzing the historic race where Seabiscuit upset the favorite, War Admiral. Other exhibits at the carriage museum are interactive, including a carriage you can walk inside and a stable of horses used for giving carriage rides around the property during the summer.
In addition to serving tourists, the Remington Carriage Museum is also one of Canada’s leading carriage repair shops. The repairman who works there has a two-and-a-half-year waiting list for customers seeking carriage repairs, and the museum offers an opportunity for visitors to see his work in action.