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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population is descended from the first people to settle the North American plains. • Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. • Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 

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Attractions

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The Banff Centre

Banff, Alberta
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Canada's creative leader in arts and culture, The Banff Centre is a globally recognised educational institution and conference facility.

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Heritage Park Historical Village

Calgary, Alberta
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Escape today to Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada's largest living history museum. With over 180 exhibits spread out on 127 acres of land, plus knowledgeable costumed interpreters, Heritage Park brings history to life from the 1860s to the 1950s. Discover the vital story of the settlement of the west, which is not only preserved, but presented alive and in great working condition. Ride an antique steam train, make old-fashioned ice cream with the prairie townsfolk, help put up a tipi in a First Nations' Encampment, take a spin at the antique midway and savour fresh-from-the-oven treats from the bakery. Explore the history of the automobile, watch lively street theatre, march with the North West Mounted Police, tour the park on a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy different hands-on activities each day.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will witness a method of hunting practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. The buffalo jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest, oldest, and best-preserved buffalo jumps in the world. A treasure trove of prehistoric artifacts and information about archeology, the centre's exhibits include a detailed look at the prehistoric life in the area, buffalo hunt ceremonies and the ecology of the region. The site also offers Blackfoot guides, educational programs, and a 60 seat cafeteria.

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Tours

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Creative Western Adventures Ltd.

Calgary, Alberta

Creative Western Adventures is a niche inbound tour operator specializing in nature & culture (aboriginal) travel. Our journeys connect the visitors to the land and the people. They are restorative, sustainable, responsible, educational and experiential. 'Together we immerse in nature, feel, sense, see with other eyes - we listen to our heart and venture into the unknown' Deep experiences lead to a new awareness of our relationship with Self, Earth and Society; they help us remember the Laws of Nature and how to live in harmony with all our relations. They are the true long lasting adventures!

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Events

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Fall Service

Morley, Alberta
2018-09-09 To 2018-09-09 MST

The Fall Service of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society is an unbroken tradition since the early 1970's. It marks the end of the Summer Interpretive Season at the Morleyville Site and welcomes visitors to hear an update on the Site and some words of inspiration from several community leaders. Their mission statement is to preserve and maintain the historic McDougall Stoney Mission Church, landmarks for visitors worldwide! Join them to celebrate the exceptional pioneer heritage of Western Canada that is uniquely reflected in the story of the Morleyville Settlement. They encourage everyone to understand history – through interpretive walks and presentations, connect with the Stoney Nation - through fellowship, special events and cultural displays and explore regional culture - through art, dance, theater and craft! Learn about local ecology and nature – interpret the biology, geology and botany of the site and surrounding area, including local Indigenous knowledge of the region.

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Troyanda Ukrainian Dance presents VESNA!

Lethbridge, Alberta
2018-05-03 To 2018-05-03 MST

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club is excited to announce that their year-end show "Vesna" will be held at the ENMAX Centre on Thursday May 3rd and everyone is invited! A colourful and lively showcase of dances, costumes, and music from various regions of Ukraine will be presented for all of Lethbridge to enjoy. Troyanda is excited to share the stage with Indigenous dancers of Lethbridge who will add even more beauty and culture to the show! Troyanda dancers are excited to perform in such a large venue this year. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ENMAX ticket office, by phone 403-329-7328, or online. TROYANDA UKRAINIAN DANCE CLUB - Is a not-for-profit organization with members that volunteer their time to preserving and promoting the artful heritage of Ukrainian dance in Southern Alberta.

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