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Torrington, Alberta, Canada: Gopher Hole Museum

Over 70 stuffed gophers in nearly 50 different dioramas portray life in evidently gopher-infested Torrington. Open since 1995. Gopher photo-ops outside, and of course a Gopher Hole Museum sign.

208 1st St., Torrington, AB, Canada
North from Calgary on the main highway to provincial route 27, then follow route 27 into Torrington. At the corner of 2nd avenue and 1st street. The huge gopher sign will tell you that you're in the right town.
July-Aug daily 10-5, May-June Sep-Oct Sa-Su, otherwise by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Donations welcome.
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Camping Picnic.

Gopher Hole Museum

It's a unique non-profit museum.

[Carrie Archuleta, 08/13/2023]

Blacksmith gopher.

World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Torrington, home to roadside attraction Clem T. Gopher, also has the world's only gopher museum (Richardson Ground Squirrel to be correct). Here, you are a voyeur into the secret lives of ground squirrels that just happen to resemble the two-legged folks above ground.

[Laural Kurta, 07/29/2023]

Albert GoFur.

Gopher Hole Museum

For only $2.00 you can view gophers dressed up in everyday scenes, getting married, on a picnic, etc. Be sure to see "Albert GoFur." He made a special appearance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, making him the only gopher to "go far"! It truly is "world famous" -- just look at their world map and it is full of pins from visitors around the world. Only open June - Sept. Be sure to spot the fire hydrants in town painted as gophers!

[Cindy Laursen, 08/09/2013]

Stuffed gopher teen love.

Gopher Hole Museum

The World Famous Gopher Hole Museum - "So funny I nearly peed myself." Certainly a unique way to dispose of those hole digging pests! A 14-foot high gopher stands at the entrance of Torrington (his name is case you wanted to intorduce yourself). My kids loved this attraction and were fascinated by the scenes depicting ground squirrels as the towns people in a variety of settings (church, fishing, hotel). My favorite is the beauty shop ("I'm a beautician, not a magician!"). People from all over the world have come to this sleepy town for a good-natured chuckle...just as much from the gophers as from the animal rights activist ranting letters ("Gophers are an endangered species." Not in my back yard!).

[Laural Elliott, 06/04/2005]

Warrior Gopher.

Gopher Hole Museum

A must see for anyone who ever wondered what a gopher would look like if it were dressed as a preacher or any one of a number of other anthropomorphic poses. Be sure to check the book of hate mail sent in by animal rights activists angry that people have a stuffed display of these prairie rats.

[Lew, 11/23/2003]

54 stuffed gophers portray 31 scenes of life in Torrington.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Clem T. GoFur - Gopher MascotClem T. GoFur - Gopher Mascot, Torrington, AB, Canada - < 1 mi.
World's Largest Fishing LureWorld's Largest Fishing Lure, Lacombe, AB, Canada - 47 mi.
Giant Cowboy StatueGiant Cowboy Statue, Airdrie, AB, Canada - 38 mi.
In the region:
Calgary Tower: Glass Floor, Calgary, AB, Canada - 55 mi.

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