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.
Explore the Mavericks exhibit at the Glenbow to learn about the risky adventures of Alberta’s incorrigible founders. The museum, in the heart of downtown Calgary, features a series of world-renowned permanent and travelling exhibitions, informative hands-on activities, and the largest art collection in Western Canada.
The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police is dedicated to preserving the history of the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations of Southern Alberta. The museum is a re-creation of the original Fort built in 1874 and is the birth place of the famous RCMP Musical Ride. The Fort is the only on-site Musical Ride in all of Canada preforming the original NWMP Musical Ride four times daily in July and August. Step behind the scene and participate in a Canadian Signature Experience, Groom A Horse, and become a part of the Ride!
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.
Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.
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.
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.
View over 650 quilts on display throughout Heritage Park Historical Village at Western Canada's largest outdoor quilt show, the 24th annual Festival of Quilts. Quilting workshops, a Merchants' Mall full of inspiration and supplies, and special displays have something to offer the quilter and non-quilter alike! Browse all the beautiful home-made quilts on display and enjoy all that Heritage Park has to offer. Regular park admission applies.
The Annual Alberta Native Hockey Provincial Championships tournament is one of the largest minor hockey tournaments in Alberta, representing 258 teams in 45 communities and regions. The tournament runs April 4th through April 7th in Edmonton. Over 3,160 minor players, 319 juniors, and 466 coaches, managers, and trainers will compete for top honors among players from Southern Alberta to the Northwest Territories. First Nations communities throughout Alberta look forward to the annual gathering to be reunited with friends, family, and the common values of sportsmanship engendered by hockey.