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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population are decendants from the first people to settle the North American plains. ● Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. ● Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 
Culture Heritage Arts Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

Indigenous Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Kleskun Hills

Grande Prairie, Alberta

From June 1st to September 1st, the museum is open weekends only from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can tour open area displays of farm machinery and memorabilia, as well, the museum is home to nine restored, original buildings from the area. These include East Kleskun School and Teacherage (complete with original brass school bell) as well as two homestead houses, a store, barn, blacksmith shop, church and information cabin. A walk through the park will take you to a burial ground, evidence of one of the last territorial disputes between the Beaver and Cree Tribes.

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Musée Girouxville Museum

Girouxville, Alberta

During May to August we are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are closed on holidays. The Musée Girouxville Museum, located in the heart of Girouxville, offers visitors an inviting glimpse back into a time depicting the history of when pioneers first settled in the Smoky River Region. Over 6,000 pieces are on display. The collection showcases a wide variety of themes including, but not limited to: native, natural and domestic history and pioneer life of the region.

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Jasper Habitat for the Arts

Jasper, Alberta

The Jasper Habitat for the Arts offers travelers a look at Canadian culture through the many programs that run daily, weekly or monthly. From Saturday afternoon Sketchers walkabouts to Wednesdays hands on creating your own personal memories of Jasper through art...to multicultural nights that honour the global community that lives in and visits Jasper...there is something for everyone regardless of age or artistic skill! Films, music nights, guest speakers, writing retreats, theatre camps...Engage Explore Experience arts & culture in Jasper!

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Winter Escape Package

The Grey Eagle Resort Winter Package includes accommodation at the Grey Eagle Resort, your choice of a $75 shopping voucher or $75 gas card, hot deluxe breakfast buffet for 2, one complimentary movie rental, casino gaming credit and complimentary upgrade based upon availability.

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Night Canyon Tours

Grotto Canyon ice walk - night tours. Take a walk into the past with Mahikan Trails as you are guided through the human history of Grotto Canyon. As an Aboriginal company, Mahikan Trails offers a cultural perspective on the pictographs and some of the teachings behind them.

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Winter Medicine Walk

Let a Métis guide teach you about winter in the Rockies. Look for animal tracks in the snow, learn about medicinal plants, hear legends and learn to love winter in a whole new way. From $50 per adult and $25 per child.

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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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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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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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Events

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-06 To 2018-07-15 MST

The Calgary Stampede is so large and so iconic it almost defies description. But in the world of all things cowboy, the 104-year-old event, held in and around Stampede Park, is the top of the mountain. So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world's richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world's premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada's largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners.

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-03 MST

We welcome everyone to come and participate in the 15th Annual Peace River Pow Wow on June 2 & 3, 2017. We have free camping, no open fires though and it is free to attend Pow Wow daily. We have Authentic Indigenous Crafts made on Turtle Island. Grande Entries are Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. We will celebrate our Aboriginal Graduates on Sunday June 3 at 3 pm presenting them with Eagle Feathers, Certificate from MLA and Honor Dance. We have the best Indigenous Food Vendors in Alberta attending the Pow Wow from neckbones to bannock burgers we got the whole experience.

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