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Landmarks & Buildings Attractions & Entertainment

There’s no denying Albertans are good at building new things. Take a look the glittering downtowns of the big cities. The structures from the past tell stories of Alberta’s booms and busts. • Now you know: Sandstone was the building material of choice a century ago. Check it out in the Beaux Arts style provincial Legislature Building in Edmonton and throughout Calgary’s downtown. • Ask the pros: The Historical Society of Alberta makes sure nobody forgets the good old days and the stories behind heritage buildings. Check out their Alberta playlist, especially on Heritage Day in August. 

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Poppy Plaza

Calgary, Alberta

This park commemorates citizens who have served to protect our freedom and security, and is part of the second phase of the Landscape of Memory. It marks the first major public gathering space identified in the plan for the redevelopment of Memorial Drive.

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Syncrude Giants of Mining Exhibit

Fort McMurray, Alberta
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A 30-minute drive north of Fort McMurray gets you to the Syncrude Giants of Mining Exhibit. This free, self-guided tour lets you get a close up look at some of the early equipment involved in the harvesting of Alberta’s oil sands. The massive bucketwheel reclaimer and dragline buckets give you a glimpse into the history of the mining and how equipment has evolved with changes in technology.

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Cold Lake Marina

Cold Lake, Alberta

Sailboats in the Cold Lake Marina always present the prettiest summer picture. Walking along the breakwater you might glimpse the “Legend of the Kinosoo”, the big fish that the Dene Suline believe lurks in the depths Cold Lake. The Marina provides launching access to Cold Lake. There is fuel, a pump out system, sail boat lifting mast and a fish cleaning station available for boaters. Fishing is allowed on the outside of the breakwater. Take an ice cream break after your jaunt along the lakeshore or stop for a bite to eat at any of the restaurants along the lakeshore.

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