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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Alberta’s heritage is really old, but never dull. From the days when triceratops roamed, to Indigenous sites older than Stonehenge, to the first railway boom and onward, there’s plenty of history to uncover. Choose between hundreds of museums and interactive historic sites. • Only here: Find one of the largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. • Curious: Wander around big-city museums like Calgary’s Glenbow and Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. They have a local perspective on exhibits that’ll pique your curiosity about Canada’s history. 

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains and western Canada as seen from the Rocky Mountaineer train is indescribable, but one of our guides offers a taste of the amazing scenery that awaits.

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Museums Historic Sites Drumheller

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Museums Historic Sites Fort MacLeod

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A kaleidoscope of colours line the streets and fill the homes of a 1910 prairie town. Nearly 700 quilts are a sight to behold at this year's Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.

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Attractions

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Redwater and District Museum

Redwater, Alberta

As you walk through the doors you'll be transported back in time to the homesteading era of the Redwater area and a history of the one room schools that dotted the landscape.

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Bodo Archaeological Site and Centre

Bodo, Alberta

Experience archaeology in action at The Bodo Archaeological Site, one of the largest and most well-preserved pre-contact archaeological areas in Western Canada. Visitors are offered guided tours of the archaeological site and interpretive center, and even have the chance to participate in the ongoing excavation of the site. In addition to tours of the site, our programs also feature plant hikes to learn about flora and fauna used by Aboriginal ancestors, trips to see a bison rubbing stone, and hands-on activities such as traditional pottery making and flint knapping. Please visit our website for more information.

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Caroline Museum

Caroline, Alberta

The Caroline Wheels of Time Museum and Historical Village features the history of pioneers in the Caroline area. We have six buildings including the Trunnell House, a two storey log home built in the early 1900’s and furnished with era related antiques. Next door, inside the Anderson Brothers “trapper's cabin” you will find a number of mounted animals indigenous to the area along with our “tools” display. The last building in this row is our combination Village Office, Lock-up and Fire Hall complete with a jail and fire engines. In the back row we have our Big Bend School a one room country school and a teacherage. In our Main Building we have our exhibits. We have the Pioneers and the Champions and a vignette of each of our buildings. In the east wing we have our feature exhibit which changes each year. 2017 is focused on Canada's 150th! Directions: The Museum is on Hwy 54 between the Village of Caroline and Hwy 22. It's 1/2 km east of the Village and shares an entrance with the Village's Tourism Cabin and the Caroline Municipal RV Park.

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Camp in a Tipi or Trapper Tent

Book Rocky Mountain House camping now for summer. Camp in comfort. Cook bannock and trapper’s tea over a fire. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Includes Fur Trade Camp Kit: bison hide, period cooking kit, flint/steel fire-starting kit, bannock mix, trapper’s tea, spices, oil and soap.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Ukrainian Village Elk Island Tour

This is a seasonal tour running on Wednesdays. The tour goes directly to Ukrainian Village with free time to explore, followed by lunch. Then, it visits Elk Island National Park in the afternoon to see the majestic bison and time to spend on Astonin Lake or hike nearby trails.

Expires: 2018-08-29
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Express lunch at the Selkirk Grille

Enjoy a delicious, and quick, two or three course lunch at the Selkirk Grille for a convenient low price. The new express lunch menu changes weekly and highlights the Selkirk's Canadian cuisine. Dine on two courses for $20 or add dessert for an additional $5. Enjoy 90 minute complimentary parking.

Expires: 2018-05-18
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Events

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Paperplaster Mould Making with Trudy Golley

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2018-06-09 To 2018-06-10 MST

In this two-day mould making intensive, Trudy will lead you through a low-tech method of making moulds, that she has pioneered, using a plaster and paper mixture called ‘Paperplaster’. Through demonstrations and then hands-on, the class will make simple (one and two part) press and/or slip-casting moulds. This workshop is for those of intermediate to advanced skill levels who are interested in learning more about making and using moulds. $225 + taxes.

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Prairie Fun Days/Open Farm Day

Camrose, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Prairie Fun Days: Experience the beautiful Meeting Creek valley. Enjoy a 1913 Station & Elevator. Take a ride on a covered wagon. Hike or cycle the Linear Park trails along the abandoned right of way from highway 56 almost to Edberg. Using Discovery Packs identify the flora and fauna along the trail. Walk the labyrinth in the grasslands restoration area. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. purchase homemade pie, beverage and cookies in the community hall. Children’s fun activities are scheduled throughout the day. Entertainment at 2 p.m.

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History Road: the Ultimate Car Show

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-06-09 To 2018-06-10 MST

History Road: The Ultimate Car Show is the must attend car event of the summer! Catch up with old friends, and make some new ones, at this spectacular car show. Take part by registering your own car to show, or by bringing your friends and family to check it out. Access to the main Museum and Aviation Display Hangar are included in your admission.

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