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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Delve into the past at one of Alberta’s hundreds of museums and historic sites. Rewind 250 years to experience the beginning of the fur trade. Relive the adventures of the cowboys and pioneers at an original 1882 ranch. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada. See how the Ukrainian settlers preserved their roots. Step back 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and trace their history at sites older than Stonehenge. Now take a really big jump back 75 million years to the time of the dinosaurs and see one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.

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Arrowwood Country Store Museum

Arrowwood, Alberta

The Arrowwood Country Store Museum has a craft shop located inside and ice cream is available.This building was operated as a general store until 1987 and contains the goods the owners grandparents bought years ago when they shopped. The Museum boasts a topographical model made by Kent Norton that depicts the area irrigation system from the Carseland Dam to Lake McGregor.

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Prairie Elevator Museum and Tea House

Acadia Valley, Alberta

A restored Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator in working condition. A prairie landmark that is disappearing from the horizon across the prairies. We have a Tea House, Gift Shop and Museum. Stop in for a refreshment and a snack, browse through the arts and crafts, many of which are made by local artisans. You can tour the facility and learn how these large structures handled the millions of bushels of grain. There is also a restored CNR caboose on site.

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Old Bezanson Town Site

Grande Prairie, Alberta

Day use area, kitchen shelter, non-potable water privies, firewood, playground. The Old Bezanson Townsite is what remains of the dream of A.M. Bezanson. In the early 1900s, he started building a city here in anticipation of the rail link. When the line passed through Grande Prairie instead, the Old Bezanson Townsite building footprints is all that remained of his legacy. Open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily; summer only. Group overnight camping by reservation only.

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Tea on the Verandah

Spend a delightful afternoon enjoying tea on the verandah of Heritage Park's beautiful Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women. Tea and an assortment of freshly baked goodies will be served as you relax in style on the porch of this stunning home. Valid on select weekends only.

Expires: 2017-09-01
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History and Heritage Day Tour from Calgary

Join this Calgary day tour by heading south through the foothills to Bar U Ranch Historic Site, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Next, UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, which tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains.

Expires: 2017-07-05
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Atlas Coal Mine Family Admission

General admission includes access to original mine buildings, guided surface tours on our restored mantrip locomotive, and a meet-and-greet with roving characters. A family consists of 2 adults and children under 18 years of age. Children aged 5 and under are free.

Expires: 2017-09-06
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East Coulee SpringFest

East Coulee, Alberta
2017-05-05 To 2017-05-06 MST

The Drumheller Valley comes alive for 2 days of music! The annual East Coulee SpringFest will feature an exciting line-up of over 40 performances, 130 musicians, 4 stages and hours of eclectic soul-nurturing music that will rock the hippy bones in guests of all ages! The genres cover folk, blues, country, rock, Celtic, roots and more!

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Creative Endeavours

St. Albert, Alberta
2017-02-04 To 2017-04-08 MST

Discover the works of longtime retired couple, Gene and Marg Brenda—a pair that embodies the joy and wellness that creative endeavours bring to our lives. The exhibition features other art makers from Gallery Community Programs, a few of the Brendas' past tutors, and contemporary portraits of the Brendas by Amber Bracken.

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103rd Anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-06-18 To 2017-06-18 MST

On June 19, 1914, 189 men were killed in what would become Canada’s Worst Underground Mine Disaster. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will offer special interpretive presentations, prop talks on underground mine lamps and audio-visual presentations all highlighting this amazing and tragic story. While at the Centre explore this amazing story through our new interactive exhibit: Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience.The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Centre is open all year.

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