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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Delve into the past at one of Alberta’s hundreds of museums and historic sites. Rewind 250 years to experience the beginning of the fur trade. Relive the adventures of the cowboys and pioneers at an original 1882 ranch. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada. See how the Ukrainian settlers preserved their roots. Step back 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and trace their history at sites older than Stonehenge. Now take a really big jump back 75 million years to the time of the dinosaurs and see one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.

Riding with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Jeanne Barsanti Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Six days in the saddle with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies turned out to be a dream vacation for Jeanne Barsanti from Georgia U.S.A. Joined by five friends, she ventured out to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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Glenbow Museum Calgary
Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary
Pottery in Medalta building Medicine Hat
Medalta pottery in Medicine Hat

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Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta
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The Whyte Museum inspires discovery and wonder when people and the Rocky Mountains meet. We share stories and explore the culture shaped by this mountain landscape. Our founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte, were local artists and philanthropists who wished to offer a place where people could gather and appreciate the culture and beauty of the area. We welcome visitors to our mountain home, sharing with them our sense of awe and belonging, through our exhibitions, events, heritage homes, archives, library and museum shop.

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Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village

Pincher Creek, Alberta
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Located along the creek that gives this town its name, the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village is open year-round. Hours vary from summer to winter months. You'll find a Visitor Information Centre, gift shop with a country theme carrying local and Canadian products, a museum sitting on 2.4 hectares with 24 historical buildings, beautiful gardens and a pond that is the home to many animals and plants. Take a journey back in time with the CPR caboose, a wondrous garage right out of the 1940's, and Waldron Ranch House where all the ranch hands would have once been housed.

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Kneehill Historical Museum & Accredited Visitor Information

Three Hills, Alberta
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Located on Hwy 583, next to a campground (with playground, baseball diamond and picnic areas) and across from the medical facility and museum, the Accredited Visitor Information Provider (AVIP) offers travellers, county residents and their guests friendly advice, directions, area information and a historic window to Alberta's central plains. As a seasonal operation (May 1 – September 15) run by community volunteers and summer staff, the museum and AVIP provides personalised service to each visitor.

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