The Forest Interpretive Centre was built to acknowledge the significance of the forest industry to Whitecourt and to provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the past history and discuss issues relating to the future of the forest ecosystem. The multi-media Museum/Gallery looks at the relationship between the aboriginal people and the forest, the
effects of settlement on the forest, the local economic impact of the forest industry, and the many issues surrounding development in our forests today.
A signed walking trail through the forest that surrounds the Centre gives residents and visitors an opportunity to learn about “FireSmart” techniques while enjoying a leisurely stroll. Newly paved trails link the Forest Interpretive Centre with Centennial Park.
The Interpretive Centre has an 80 seat auditorium and a multi-purpose room equipped with state of-the-art audio-visual systems. These rooms are regularly used by local companies and community groups for meetings and community presentations. The Town of Whitecourt’s Council Chambers, and the Heritage Society are housed in the Forest Interpretive Centre.