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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Alberta’s heritage is really old, but never dull. From the days when triceratops roamed, to Indigenous sites older than Stonehenge, to the first railway boom and onward, there’s plenty of history to uncover. Choose between hundreds of museums and interactive historic sites. • Only here: Find one of the largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. • Curious: Wander around big-city museums like Calgary’s Glenbow and Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. They have a local perspective on exhibits that’ll pique your curiosity about Canada’s history. 

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Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site of Canada

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
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Walk in the footsteps of Aboriginal Peoples, fur traders and David Thompson, the greatest land geographer that ever lived. Kayak in the North Saskatchewan river and indulge the imagination at four authentic fur trading post locations. Explore the peaceful 7 km of nature trails, play in a miniature fort, and marvel at a heritage bison herd. Tepee and trapper tent camping is available.

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Bomber Command Museum of Canada

Nanton, Alberta
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The Lancaster Bomber is one of the most iconic aircraft associated with World War II, and very few of these amazing planes are left. Nanton’s Bomber Command Museum is not only home to a Lanc, but also many other vehicles and artifacts from WWII. Hours of operation April 16th to October 15th (Open every day 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). October 16th to April 15th (Weekends only 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

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Coyote Flats Pioneer Village

Picture Butte, Alberta

The Prairie Tractor and Engine Society is a dream come to life for six southern Alberta gentlemen with a penchant for the past and an interest in early agricultural machinery. Founded in 1982, the museum is home to hundreds of lovingly rebuilt and refurbished antique farming machines. Tractors, binders, threshers, combines, and dozens of other pieces of equipment are on display at this extraordinary facility, and many of them get their engines fired up for the Parade of Power, held at the museum each August.

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