Announcement: 27 June 1913
Site Dedication: 27 July 1913 by Joseph F. Smith
Groundbreaking: 9 November 1913 by Daniel Kent Greene
Public Open House: Tours offered during the final years of construction (1920–1923)
Dedication: 26–29 August 1923 by Heber J. Grant
Rededication: 2 July 1962 by Hugh B. Brown (addition only)
Public Open House: 6–15 June 1991
Rededication: 22–24 June 1991 by Gordon B. Hinckley
It Cardston Alberta Temple sits on a 10+ acre site in the center of Cardston, and the first temple built outside of the United States and without a priesthood assembly room; starting a trend away from multi-purpose temples. It is also one of only three temples built with no towers or spires (The others are the Laie Hawaii Temple and the Mesa Arizona Temple). The hand-hewn white granite was quarried from a site near Kootenai Lakes in Nelson, British Columbia.
The design of the Cardston Alberta Temple served as the basic pattern for the Laie Hawaii Temple, but wasn’t completed until after due to delays caused in part by World War I; the construction took 10 years to complete. The temple was finished wtih beautiful hand-painted murals and rare hardwoods on the walls of its its progressive-style ordinance rooms.
An addition to the Cardston Alberta Temple was dedicated 1962, and closed in 1988 for three years of renovation work. This work modernized the temple, but with painstaking attention to keep the temple true to its original decorating and design. In 1995 the government named it a Canadian Historic Site.