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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.

13 Things to Do On A Rainy Day in Jasper

Katherine Speur Tourism Jasper

Don't let a little rain dampen your Jasper adventures! Though rainy weather may inconvenience your outdoor plans, here are 13 new perspectives to explore when the weather is a little damp.

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Attractions

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Military Museums, The

Calgary, Alberta
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The Military Museums is the largest facility of its kind in Western Canada. This multi-faceted attraction houses eight museums under a single roof. From authentic armored vehicles and fighter planes, the history of the regimental galleries, or the rotating contemporary art and heritage exhibitions of the Founders' Gallery, the size and scope of The Military Museums has it made one of Calgary's top attractions. The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force and educating the public, particularly youth, about Canada's military.

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Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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CANADA’S DEADLIEST ROCKSLIDE90 Seconds Changed Their Lives“It took quite a bit of time for us to get it through our heads that everything and everybody beyond that point where the wall of rock began was dead…” What was it like to be in Frank when Turtle Mountain collapsed? Why did it happen? Will it happen again? Visitors can feel the impact of the Frank Slide story in a personal, interactive and creative setting, involving first-hand accounts by the people who lived through the destruction. On April 29th in 1903, 90 million tons of rock thundered from Turtle Mountain and buried part of a town. Immerse yourself in emotional survivor accounts. Stand on the edge of destruction and marvel at the awesome power of nature or take a walk through the massive boulders and imagine what it must have been like. Discover unforgettable stories told through prop talks, dramatic vignettes, high definition award-winning presentations, guided walks, powerful images, and one-on-one contact with historical guides. Get out into the spectacular Rocky Mountain landscape and discover the unexpected with a guided or self-guided walk on the Frank Slide Trail.Interact with knowledgeable staff one-on-one or as part of an interpretive experience inside or outside the Centre.Immerse yourself in special activities during events that celebrate the area’s unique history and culture.Enjoy two high definition, award-winning presentations in the Centre’s theatre.Take time to explore four exhibit galleries with heart-rending accounts by survivors of the slide, powerful images of the devastation, and touch screen displays to help you dig deep into the history. Look for items in the Frank Slide Gift Shop that are only found here.

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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 a to spend time on Astonin Lake or hike nearby trails.

Expires: 2017-08-30
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River Forth Dining Car Lunches

Enjoy an elegant three-course lunch aboard a vintage Canadian Pacific Railway car at Heritage Park in Calgary. This unique fine dining experience is a great alternative to a traditional restaurant. Must book tables of two or four. Valid on select Tuesdays only.

Expires: 2017-08-28
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Open Cockpit Biplane Adventures

This rare experience offered from the Aviation Hangar of the Reynolds Alberta Museum is the same price for one or for two passengers. Bring your sense of adventure, put on your helmet (we provide one), get airborne, and enjoy the view of the world below. Longer flights also available.

Expires: 2017-09-30
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Events

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The Dream We Form By Being Together

Edmonton, Alberta
2017-07-10 To 2017-10-01 MST

The Dream We Form By Being Together centres on the theme of reconciliation and emerges from the awareness that art can play a central role in the process. Drawing from indigenous practices and understandings, the show seeks to rebalance colonial narratives within the much larger story of this place we now call Canada.

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Frank Slide Centre celebrates Canada's 150th

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-08-07 To 2017-08-07 MST

Monday, August 7, 2017 – Frank Slide Interpretive Centre celebrates Canada’s 150th. Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Face Painting, Caricature artists, guided hikes and musical entertainment. Join in on a guided bus tour on the history of the police force in the Crowsnest Pass, highlighting the famous shoot out at the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks that ended with the death of Constable Lawson. Join Alberta Park Educators at a display revealing tips and tricks to enjoying the wilderness and camping without putting yourself or wildlife in challenging situations or join in on a Mad Science fun workshop. All this and more! We have stories to tell you that you will never forget! 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 and visitors will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff who will share the fascinating stories of the Frank Slide through dynamic interpretive programs and presentations. State-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits throughout the Centre focus on the infamous Frank Slide of 1903 - Canada’s deadliest rockslide. Visitors will experience what it was like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the great rock avalanche. Learn why Turtle Mountain fell and if another rockslide will come down. Two award-winning, audio-visual presentations are shown throughout the day in the Centre’s 70-seat, high definition theatre. "On the Edge of Destruction" is a powerful, 30-minute docudrama that recreates the remarkable night the rockslide came down. "In the Mountain's Shadow" is a visually stunning, 25-minute presentation that vibrantly presents the history of the spectacular Crowsnest Pass from immigration through coal mining to rum running. A 1.5 kilometre trail winds through the rocks of the Frank Slide, giving visitors an up-close look at the awesome power of nature. You will never forget the amazing stories of tragedy and triumph you will hear during your visit to the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

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Railway Days

Calgary, Alberta
2017-09-23 To 2017-09-24 MST

All aboard for a weekend of train facts and fun at Heritage Park Historical Village. As one of the few sites in North America with two steam locomotives, the Park's trains take centre stage for two days with demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exciting exhibits. Watch a turn table demonstration, take a ride in a caboose, tour the cab of an antique steam engine and enjoy special activities all weekend.

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