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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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Native Cultural Arts Museum

Grouard, Alberta

The Native Cultural Arts Museum, est. 1976, is a part of Northern Lakes College (NLC) and is located at NLC’s Grouard Campus, in northern Alberta. The Museum’s artifact collection celebrates various aspects of Aboriginal cultures, with a special focus on Métis peoples and the Woodland Cree of northern Alberta. The Museum’s historical and contemporary collections serve to educate the public by depicting Aboriginal lifestyles through exhibits of art, music, hunting, regalia, clothing, and more.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the world's oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps. Known for its remarkable testimony of prehistoric life, the site bears witness to a custom practiced by indigenous people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. With its elaborate drive lane complex and deep archaeological deposits still intact, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1981.

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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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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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Stay, Play and Shop Package

Stay, Play and Shop Package includes an overnight stay in a room of your choice, complimentary hot buffet breakfast, $75 CF Chinook Centre shopping gift card with shuttle transportation.

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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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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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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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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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Canada Day in Jasper

Jasper, Alberta
2017-07-01 To 2017-07-01 MST

Join us for the Canada Day Parade in town and see the many wonderful floats. Start your Canada Day with a traditional Pancake Breakfast at Centennial Park. Once the Parade has past join us at Centennial Park where the party fun starts. Fireworks, Live Music, Hot Dogs and more.

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Drumming & Dancing on the Plaza

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-07-05 To 2017-07-05 MST | Show All Dates

Wednesday Drumming & Dancing on the Plaza Every Wednesday in July and August. Two Performances Daily 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Experience authentic First Nations culture in the open air. Our best native dancers perform to the beat of Blackfoot drumming and singing. Hear stories of how drumming and dancing connect us with ancient buffalo hunting culture. Sit with a Blackfoot Elder, interact with the performers, and take some photos!

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