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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.

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Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre

Peace River, Alberta

The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre tells the story of Peace River through its galleries and archives. From the geological creation of the area, the rich Aboriginal heritage, the fur trade, and the evolution of the settlement into the Town of Peace River. The Main Gallery exhibit changes every eight months to depict, engaging historic themes. Curriculum-based school programming is offered at the Centre and through interpretive walking tours. In addition to an art wall feature, changing monthly, there is also a gift shop and book store onsite.

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That's Empressive

Empress, Alberta

Featuring the work of some of Canada's top First Nations artists, this art gallery in Empress is home to the Ojibwa artist Nokomis. An onsite gift shop sells jewelry and giftware items.

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Frog Lake Historic Site

Frog Lake, Alberta

The Frog Lake Historic Site is situated amid the gently rolling hills of east-central Alberta. It is a quiet, contemplative place now, but more than a century ago it was the scene of one of the most violent and tragic episodes in Alberta's history. The Frog Lake Historic Site has been designated both a Provincial Historic Resource and a National Historic Site. It features a commemorative cairn, a small cemetery containing the remains of some of those killed at the site, and an interpretive trail with panels exploring the historic context of the uprising at Frog Lake.

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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Hike pine forests in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, explore the culturally diverse city of Medicine Hat and dine on creative local dishes on this five-day, four-night tour of the Canadian Badlands. SAVE $100 discount valid September 2017 only. Book by August 31st.

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Grey Eagle Resort Golf Package

Rates starting at $150 per person based on double occupancy. This package includes overnight accommodation at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, a round of golf at Redwood Meadows or Elbow Springs, free WiFi and hot buffet breakfast.

Expires: 2017-10-09
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Canada 150 Package

The Canada 150 package includes: 15% discount on your hotel room, complimentary hot deluxe buffet breakfast, small Aboriginal gift, rental car discount, $5 casino voucher, complimentary upgrade based on availability and complimentary in-room movie.

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Tours

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Adventure Borealis

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Adventure Borealis offers premier outdoor adventures in the heart of the oil sands. Our local Metis guides help ensure your memories of an outdoor experience in Fort McMurray will last a lifetime. Our years of outdoor experience and knowledge of the region will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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Events

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Fall Harvest Sale

Calgary, Alberta
2017-09-09 To 2017-09-10 MST

Join the Calgary Produce Marketing Association and Heritage Park, as they partner to offer truckloads of fresh fruit and vegetables at amazingly low prices during this annual fall Harvest Sale. Stock up on healthy food at rock-bottom prices and support the local community at the same time! Funds raised at this event will support local charities. Come early for the sale then stay and enjoy a day at Heritage Park. Regular park operations and admission apply.

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The Bricks That Built the Badlands

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2017-09-14 To 2017-09-14 MST

Step back in time to Western Canada’s longest-operating industrial site. In operation from 1886 to 2010, the I-XL Industries brick factory houses a vast timeline: Western Canada’s earliest industrial remains as well as the future of industrial robotics. Hear the stories that surround this enormous factory and its vibrant history. The factory rests at the foot of the stunning Badlands cliffs, alongside the rushing South Saskatchewan River. This exclusive experience includes a themed snack and special take home gift. Check our website for updates!

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Buffalo Harvest Days

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-09-29 To 2017-10-01 MST

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, September 30: Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

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