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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Feel the past come to life as the stories of the hunt are told through drum and dance at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was actively used by the Plains Indians for at least 5,700 years. See North America’s largest concentration of petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (paintings) on the cliffs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore the interactive exhibits at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Sleep in a teepee, learn to make pemmican and bead a moccasin. Investigate early Métis life at Métis Crossing.
Aboriginal dance in Horsethief Canyon in the Canadian Badlands
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon
Aboriginal dance in Horsethief Canyon in the Canadian Badlands
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon

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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police is dedicated to preserving the history of the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations of Southern Alberta. The museum is a re-creation of the original Fort built in 1874 and is the birth place of the famous RCMP Musical Ride. The Fort is the only on-site Musical Ride in all of Canada preforming the original NWMP Musical Ride four times daily in July and August. Step behind the scene and participate in a Canadian Signature Experience, Groom A Horse, and become a part of the Ride!

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Fort Macleod National Historic Site

Fort McLeod, Alberta
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In 1874, Colonel James Macleod of the North West Mounted Police arrived in southwest Alberta to protect Canada’s sovereignty and bring law and order to an outpost illegally trading whiskey and guns to the Blackfoot, Blood and Peigan nations. Fort Macleod became the first permanent police post in in Canada’s northwest. The town soon followed, as did the first European settlers, and became a bustling and prosperous community. Today the Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police and Fort Macleod’s historic town centre celebrate the history of the Wild West and the predecessors of today’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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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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