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Canadian Culture Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want the quintessential Canadian experience? Start by hiking to a striking blue glacier lake with a picnic lunch of smoked trout and butter tarts. Then learn to ice skate while kids who just learned to walk do circles around you. And make sure to tell everyone about that one time you went camping and saw a grizzly bear and a moose hanging out. • Only here: Watch a re-enactment of early horseback prowess with Fort Macleod’s Northwest Mounted Police Musical Ride. • Try it: There’s no experience required to get super-Canadian in an Alberta winter. Snowshoe nearly anywhere in the province, road trip through glacier country and finish with a game meat charcuterie board and local brew by a crackling fire. 

Clay Risen from the New York Times writes about the sudden popularity of all kinds of whiskey on both sides of the Canadian-American border that is driving a rapid expansion among Canadian distillers. Clay speaks to Davin de Kergommeaux, a whiskey writer in Ottawa, about the change in the spirit industry in Canada.

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Canadian Culture Banff

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Canadian Culture Lake Louise

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Leighton Art Centre is where art and nature come together in Southern Alberta’s Foothills. More than just a unique historic home once owned by a pair of renowned artists, it's a vibrant and open space for creativity, inspiring all who visit to explore, appreciate and create. In 2012, Barbara Leighton - a woman who lived and unconventional life and the Centre's founder - was posthumously honoured as one of '100 Outstanding Albertans' in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Her legacy is a beautiful one indeed.

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Reynolds-Alberta Museum Family Admission

Family admission to Reynolds-Alberta Museum provides access to all exhibits in the main building, featuring The McLaughlin Story, as well as the Aviation Display Hangar. Hours vary by season. Valid for 2 adults and up to 8 youth.

Expires: 2019-03-31
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Frank Side Interpretive Centre Family Admission

Enjoy a family admission pass (2 adults and up to 6 youths) to one of Alberta's most fascinating historic sites. Visitors will experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. The Centre is open year-round.

Expires: 2018-12-30
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Canada Dry, eh?

Take a two-hour walk with through downtown Calgary and learn the causes of Prohibition and the human interest stories that contributed to this fascinating era in Canadian history. The Fairmont Palliser Hotel will provide participants with a Prohibition drink at the end of the tour.

Expires: 2019-06-24
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Melsness Mercantile

Valhalla, Alberta

Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m and 10:00-4:00 Saturday. They are Closed Sundays, Long Weekends, and Stat Holidays. Built in 1925, Melsness Mercantile is located in the heart of Valhalla Centre and has been declared a Provincial Historic Resource. The Mercantile site is now home to the Mercantile Cafe, featuring daily specials; the Heritage Room, which is a museum that pays tribute to the area's Scandinavian Heritage; a Craft Corner, that allows local artisans to display and sell their wares; the Norwegian gift shop; and outside you will find the Valhalla Troll Park.

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Nampa and District Museum

Nampa, Alberta
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Located in Nampa, the museum is open year-round to meet all of your travelling needs. We provide free WiFi, a small gift shop with locally made products, a public phone, and both indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing our proud history. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help provide you with information on the area and our current museum exhibits.

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Leighton Art Centre

Millarville, Alberta
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Situated in A.C. and Barbara Leighton's original home, the Leighton Art Centre is a Heritage Home Museum that offers a vibrant display of Alberta's artists both past and present. And with 80 acres of land, the centre is also an ideal spot to get a clear view of over 300 miles of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The Leighton Art Centre hosts visual art exhibitions, creative workshops, nature walks, festivals and art sales, kids' summer camps, and art inspired field trips throughout the year. Located just 20 minutes south-west of Calgary and a short drive from Millarville, Black Diamond and Turner Valley, amidst the rolling hills and winding country roads of the Alberta MD of Foothills, the Leighton Art Centre is a must for any Foothills-area day trip. Coming in fine weather? Pack a picnic or pick one up from nearby Granary Road market! We have picnic tables with a spectacular view. Hours of operation: June to mid-November, Tues-Sun 10 am - 4 pm; mid-November to May, Tues-Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Admission to the centre is Pay-What-You-Can. Visit Leighton Art Centre for a healthy [and beautiful] dose of art and nature!

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Winter Carnvial

Calgary, Alberta
2018-12-27 To 2018-12-31 MST

Winter Carnival is a family-friendly indoor event with themed activities throughout Gasoline Alley Museum. Enjoy games, crafts and activities that celebrate winter fun throughout the years. Round out your visit with a bite to eat at the Railway Café or Selkirk Grille and enjoy shopping at the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Activities included with regular museum admission.

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Banff Craft Beer Festival

Banff, Alberta
2018-11-22 To 2018-11-24 MST

The Banff Craft Beer Festival takes place at the home of Canada's first national park and is held each year in late November. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is beautifully set at the base of the Canadian Rockies, and is now home to the world's most beautiful beer festival. Throughout the night, sample amazing food from some of Banff's best pubs and restaurants, try an offering of beers from Alberta's own breweries and share stories with local brew masters.

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Country Christmas Dinner Show

Hillspring, Alberta
2018-11-17 To 2018-11-17 MST | Show All Dates

The Holiday season is very special time for us here at the Great Canadian Barn Dance and beginning on November 17th we feature a festive Country Christmas Dinner Show for all ages! Bring the family, a group of friends or the entire gang to enjoy our Country Christmas Dinner Show with sounds of the season and festive costumes. Our Christmas Buffet features turkey and all the trimmings made from Chef Wilsons Kitchen so you know it's good! Enjoy a cup of hot wassail as you browse Granny's Christmas Gift Shop and don't forget to enter the Door prize draw on your way in for a chance to win a special gift hand picked by The Barn Dance Family!

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