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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World's Largest Sausage

Mundare, Alberta

This 12.8 m (42 feet) tall statue is a tribute to Stawnichy's Meat Processing - a sausage factory famous for its kobasa. Started in 1959, the Stawnichy family, father and son, started smoking meat. Edward took over from his father in 1971, and now his daughter, Cheryl Zeleny, mixes all the spices.

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Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium

Edmonton, Alberta

As the first planetarium in Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium holds national significance.Located in Coronation Park, the landmark is used to provide programming and facility rental services.

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Bassano Dam

Bassano, Alberta
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Visitors to the Bassano Dam will find a scenic viewpoint of the dam and the river valley complete with a picnic area. Group tours of the dam can be arranged through the EID office and there is some excellent fishing found below the dam. Construction of the dam commenced in 1910 with the official dam opening taking place on April 24, 1914. Building of the dam was a major undertaking, requiring 300,000 cubic meters (10 million cubic feet) of earthen fill.

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Enerplus Olde Tyme Christmas Fair & Christmas Farmers' Market

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2019-12-05 To 2019-12-05 MST

The Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede's Enerplus Olde Tyme Christmas Fair will be on Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Village. Free for the entire family. The day will feature photos with Santa, hot chocolate, hot dogs, s'mores over an open fire, hay rides through the grounds. Visit the historic Pioneer Village buildings, including a blacksmith shop, McKay Creek school, fire hall, 1913 Webb ladder truck, St. James Church, Austin's general store, the Garage and a replica RCMP detachment. Next door, at the Cypress Centre Auditorium, The Olde Tyme Christmas Farmers' Market takes place from 4-9 p.m. Do some Christmas shopping, take a break from the cold, and get a chance to catch up with your favourite Farmers' Market vendors. Come celebrate and enjoy an evening of fun for your entire family!

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