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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Feel the past come to life as the stories of the hunt are told through drum and dance at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was actively used by the Plains Indians for at least 5,700 years. See North America’s largest concentration of petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (paintings) on the cliffs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore the interactive exhibits at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Sleep in a teepee, learn to make pemmican and bead a moccasin. Investigate early Métis life at Métis Crossing.
Tipi at Writing-on-Stone Visitor Centre
Tipi at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Visitor Centre

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Frog Lake Historic Site

Frog Lake, Alberta

The Frog Lake Historic Site is situated amid the gently rolling hills of east-central Alberta. It is a quiet, contemplative place now, but more than a century ago it was the scene of one of the most violent and tragic episodes in Alberta’s history. The Frog Lake Historic Site has been designated both a Provincial Historic Resource and a National Historic Site. It features a commemorative cairn, a small cemetery containing the remains of some of those killed at the site and an interpretive trail with panels exploring the historic context of the uprising at Frog Lake.

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site

Fort Macleod, Alberta
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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the world’s oldest and best preserved buffalo jumps. Known for its remarkable testimony of prehistoric life, the site bears witness to a custom practiced by indigenous people of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. With its elaborate drive lane complex and deep archaeological deposits still intact, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

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Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives

Jasper, Alberta
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Located in the scenic Rocky Mountain town of Jasper, Alberta, the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives is dedicated to collect, preserve – and make available for research and exhibition – documents and artifacts that illustrate the human history of Jasper National Park and the Yellowhead Corridor.

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Calgary Stampede Extravaganza Holiday

The Calgary Stampede is known as ‘the greatest outdoor show on earth’. Combining this remarkable show and a trip to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2017-09-16
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