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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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Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum

Banff, Alberta
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The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum is dedicated to the appreciation, interpretation, demonstration and display of the cultures, traditions, and values of the First Nations of North America and their trading partners. The museum seeks to show how the people of this land lived and adapted to their surroundings and each other prior to contact with European culture, and how they continued to adapt after European influences. The Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum provides a link between the past and the present...demonstrating that aboriginal arts and culture is alive and flourishing today!

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The Lost American Art Gallery & Museum

Longview, Alberta
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Specializing in vintage turquoise jewelry Navajo rugs pottery and baskets. We also carry landscape and wildlife paintings bronzes books and cards by local artists. The museum features turn of the century saddles bridles and chaps. Also jewelry pottery and baskets from many Native American 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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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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Grey Eagle Date Night Package

Enjoy a night at the Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary's newest and most exciting Resort Casino. Your package includes an overnight stay, in-room chocolate strawberries & champagne - $50 Resort dining credit and complimentary hot buffet breakfast.

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Edmonton Attractions Pass

Take advantage of Edmonton's attractions with a U-Pick Pass. The Edmonton Attractions Pass gives you access to any 4 out of 15 of the region's most visited attractions for one low price. Or, choose to upgrade to the Ultimate Pass for admission to all 15 attractions.

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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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Highlight Adventure Tours

Sundre, Alberta

Adventures that are the highlight of your vacation! Highlight Adventure Tours believes that the natural and human heritage of the world should be experienced and shared. That's why we exist. ​Let us provide you with a lifetime of memories and experiences. From overnight trail riding or rafting adventures, to day trips to secluded animal sanctuaries and living historic villages and saloons, we make the booking process easy and enjoyable. For your convenience, all of our packages are always inclusive of all taxes, admissions and scheduled meals. Pay one fee and have no worries. Call today to plan your adventure.

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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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Events

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Edmonton House Brigade Seventh Annual Skills of the Fur Trade Challenge

Sherwood Park, Alberta
2017-05-27 To 2017-05-28 MST

Join us for the Seventh Annual Edmonton House Brigade Skills of the Fur Trade Challenge on May 27 – May 28, 2017 hosted by the Sherwood Park Fish and Game Association near Edmonton, Alberta. Be here for the muzzleloading, knife and hawk, and primitive bow challenges, and the 1805 Canadian Fur Trade Camp. Saturday evening supper with all the fixings will be provided for all registered shooters & paid non shooters. Everyone is welcome! Period dress highly recommended, yet not required. Primitive and Tin TeePee camping. Please bring your own water. Traders welcome. Liability insurance is required for all shooters.

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Historical Village Opening Weekend

Calgary, Alberta
2017-05-20 To 2017-05-22 MST

Celebrate the long weekend by stepping back in time. Calgary's Heritage Park Historical Village's 53rd summer season begins on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, feast on a fresh cheese bun, experience the thrill of the antique midway or ride on our thundering steam train, as Heritage Park opens for another exciting summer!

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2017-06-03 To 2017-06-03 MST

Join us for the 14th Annual Pow Wow and 22nd Annual Aboriginal Gathering on the banks of the Peace River. This exciting event takes place at the Peace River Agriculture Grounds in Northern Sunrise County. Highlights with free admission, grand entries daily at 1:00 p.m. Entertainment includes: competitive dance & drum competition, inter-tribal dance, hand drum singing contest,hand games, graduation ceremony, tiny-tots paid daily , Metis jigging & fiddling contest on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and free feast of stew and bannock on Saturday. Display tables, aboriginal crafts, children's crafts, activities, and concessions. Some concessions will feature traditional food.

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