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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. 
Northern Alberta Indigenous

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Indigenous Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
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The Heritage Museum on Main has been preserving local history since 1986. We currently have three floors of exhibits relating to everything from First Nations' history to the War Years! Discover Wetaskiwin's early businesses read about the extraordinary Women of Aspenland and get a glimpse into early pioneer life.

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Claresholm & District Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Claresholm, Alberta
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The Claresholm and District Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the resource for area history and up-to-date information for all visitors. We can accommodate bus tours and provide personal and group tours of our museum buildings. There is ample free parking, clean washrooms, free WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, a gift shop and beautiful lawns with picnic tables. We are within walking distance to award-winning restaurants and stores, where you can pick up anything you may need.

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VIking Ribstones

Viking, Alberta

Near Viking, on the top of a hill, at the highest point for miles around, stand the only Ribstones in Alberta that have not been moved since ancient times. Ribstones, also known as Boulder Petroglyphs, are two large stones carved in the shape of an animal's rib cage. These ancient monuments have remained in place just a few kilometers from Viking, Alberta for thousands of years. Historically, the native people of the plains were dependent on the buffalo. They revered the spirit of Old Man Buffalo, expressing their prayers and gratitude at the Ribstone shrines.

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Experience Alberta's History - Annual Pass

Alberta's heritage facilities are unique and interesting places to visit where you can learn, have fun and connect with heritage. Purchase an Experience Alberta's History Pass and receive unlimited admission to a network of Provincial Historic Sites and museums in Alberta for one full year. Discounted family passes also available.

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Stay & Play Casino Package

The Stay & Play package includes: overnight accommodation, $40 in Casino chips and hot breakfast for 2. Rate is based on a stay in a standard room. Rate is based on double occupancy, subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Expires: 2019-04-19
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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Save $100 on 2019 dates when you book before January 31.

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Tours

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

Culture and Nature Based Experiences Mahikan Trails offers authentic experiences for their guests to engage in Indigenous Culture through walks, talks and hands on experiences. They are a Cree/Iroquois Metis company doing what they love. They enjoy sharing heir culture, traditions and heritage. Brenda Holder is a Knowledge Keeper of Traditional Medicine and the owner of Mahikan Trails. This company is renowned for their exceptional experiences through their interpretive walks connecting people to the land, learning about traditional medicines, foods or tools in the boreal forest or walking into a canyon with pictographs. Their clients depart with new knowledge!

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Métis Crossing Nature Preserve

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.

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Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 To 2019-02-18 MST

Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running February 8-18, 2019 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2019, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza.Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the Winter triathlon or speed skating events. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones. The festival activities are as diverse as the people who call the Northern community home.

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