The Sugar Pine Company can be found in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, just a short drive from Banff. Alcoves, shelves and walls are packed with material, quilts, fabric packs and all manner of quilting inspiration, beautifully displayed. There was lots to explore around every corner. It is a sewing and knitting shop as well.
Poppin’s Quilt Parlour in downtown Penticton, B.C. deserves much more than a pop-in by quilters. Poppin’s has a large variety of fabrics, as well as many display quilts, patterns and notions to keep you browsing. Friendly staff helped me find what I was looking for and showed me what was new and interesting in the quilt world.
Fort Steele is a large and interesting Heritage Town just outside Cranbrook, B.C. It began as a North West Mounted Police post in 1887, under the command of Superintendent Samuel B. Steele. Its purpose was to bring peace to an area being affected by a gold rush, the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and land disputes with indigenous peoples.
Wonderful heritage buildings, wagon rides along the dirt streets of the town, old-time weddings still held in the Bandstand, lively street theatre and other entertainments are keeping this period in B.C.’s history alive.
Traditional quilts of the era can be seen in the Officer’s Quarters and other residences in the town. Dressmakers are still working at Mrs. Sprague’s Dressmaking in the Carlin & Durick General Store.