In 1999, several members of the Vintage Tractor Club wanted to preserve their tractors, steam engines, and implements in a facility that would live on long after they were gone. They donated money, held fundraisers, and lobbied the governments for grants. They became a society under the Alberta Society Act and created the Westlock & District Tractor Museum Foundation which owns and operates the Canadian Tractor Museum as a non profit group.
In 2002, the Foundation opened with a 20,000 square foot facility.
In 2006, the Foundation added a storage building for steam engines and extra tractors.
These facilities enables our community to preserve a large part of the area’s rich farming history, and further, prevents the loss of local collections of historical significance to collectors elsewhere.
In 2019, the Foundation Board added a Pole Shed cover for the Bernard Wiese’s Sawmill.