Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population are decendants from the first people to settle the North American plains. ● Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. ● Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 

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The Military Museums

Calgary, Alberta
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The Military Museums of Calgary, Alberta is the largest tri-service museum in Western Canada and the second largest military museum in the country.It consists of the four founding regimental museums and the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta. We are also home to The Founders' Gallery and The Military Museums Library and Archives (University of Calgary). Along with glistening aircraft and rugged armoured vehicles, the museum is home to subtler collections of stories and artifacts spanning more than 200 years of domestic and international wars.The Military Museums is supported by The Military Museums Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops and delivers Alberta curriculum-based education programs. Today The Military Museums host over 50,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Over 10,000 school children participate in a variety of educational programmes and numerous cultural, historic and community events take place throughout the year as well.

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Musee Heritage Museum

St. Albert, Alberta
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The Musée Héritage Museum which is located on St. Albert Place, explores the story of St. Albert through a variety of exhibits and programs, preserving the community’s history to enjoy now and for the future. We also manage St. Albert’s Heritage Sites: the Little White School, St. Albert Grain Elevator Park, River Lot 24, and its associated houses and agricultural buildings. The heritage sites offer unique programs and tours for all ages.

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Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

Longview, Alberta

Bar U Ranch is your opportunity to live like a cowboy. Explore the ranch and visit the ranch hands. Learn to rope a steer, saddle a horse, make bannock bread, repair a bridle or boil up cowboy coffee on a fire. Wander the trails and dirt roads to discover the history of ranching in Canada. Pop into the stables, the post office and, of course, the cookhouse to learn about home on the range. Flanked by the neighbouring mountains, it's a true Alberta experience!

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Horseback Adventures Ltd.

Brûlé, Alberta

In 1979 Horseback Adventures Ltd., a family run business, was born. We provide backcountry pack trips and trail rides into Jasper and Willmore Parks to clients from around the world.

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

It’s an eye-opening experience when you take a walk in a mountain meadow or through the forest with Brenda Holder. She can point to and identify any plant, tree or bush and tell you how it can be used to make something crucial to survival – a fire cider for a flu or cold, a food source or a fire starter. Holder, operator and owner of Mahikan Trails, is following in the footsteps of her family lineage as a Cree guide of the Kwarakwante people of Jasper, Alberta where she grew up. Passing along her knowledge is part of her passion for supporting indigenous tourism for which she has won many distinctions. Holder offers several workshops, including her medicine walks, designed to educate people about how her ancestors survived off the land for millennia. Over two days in the hands-on workshop guests learn how to identify a variety of plants and learn how to make simple medicines.

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Painted Warriors Indigenous Outdoor Experience

Sundre, Alberta

Experience the traditional and modern day lifestyle of the Cree and Saulteaux people, skills such as animal tracking and snowshoeing, horse riding, archery and many others. Painted Warriors is an indigenous outdoor adventure company located one hour northwest of Calgary. The facility is on an 82 acre ranch on pristine forest land in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. There are 1 day to multiple day tours with accommodation available. Spend the night in authentic Metis style trappers tents, and wake up to the extraordinary view of the Rocky Mountains.

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Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2020-02-07 To 2020-02-17 MST

Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running each February in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2019, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza. Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the Winter triathlon or speed skating events. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones. The festival activities are as diverse as the people who call the Northern community home.

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Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2020-06-20 To 2020-06-20 MST

The Wetaskiwin Arts and Music Festival has musicians performing on two stages, providing non-stop musical entertainment. Artists from all over central Alberta, including many indigenous artists, are set up throughout the Wetaskiwin Ag Grounds, showing and selling their incredibly diverse genres of art. Performance artists provide kinetic displays of their talent on the lawns and an eclectic mix of food vendors keep everyone's gastronomic appetites satisfied during this free event. There is ample on site parking for this family friendly festival.

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Banff Gallery Hop - Follow Your HeART!

Banff, Alberta
2020-02-15 To 2020-02-15 MST

Follow Your HeART - We know you love art. During the month of Love, let Banff Gallery Hop satiate your arts desires. Have no fear of dabbling in new relationships with art or culture you’re not familiar with. This is a time to explore. We will tempt you with specialty chocolate tastings at the venues, but as you meet artists, elders and curators, you will find that you stay for what we do. There’s a lot to love here!

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