Did you know Alberta's diverse plant life has all the ingredients to make beer, aspirin and bread?
Located along Bear Street, in Banff's arts community, Willock & Sax Gallery is dedicated to furthering the intellectual and visual dialogue of committed contemporary artists and upholding the aesthetic message of historical artists, representing several generations of recognized artists working in a variety of media. In addition to years of representing and cultivating important contemporary artists’ careers like Peter von Tiesenhausen, Ed Bamiling, Barb Tipton, Les Graff, Mitchell Fenton, Robert Sinclair, and Allan Harding MacKay, Willock & Sax Gallery also specializes in representing historical works, such as those of W.J. Phillips, Luke Lindoe, John Chalke, D. Helen Mackie, Douglas Haynes, George Weber, Illingworth Kerr, and Margaret Shelton. Their interesting selection of Indigenous: Inuit sculpture and drawings are from such Cape Dorset artists as Niviaqsi Pitseolak and Shuvinai Ashoona and other senior and mid-career artists.
Boy Chief Trading Post is an Indigenous owned and operated retail store located on Siksika Nation, a 50 minute drive east of Calgary. Stop in to the cafe or for gas and road snacks at M&R Gas next door - or stay awhile and browse through Boy Chief Trading Post's vast selection of specialty giftware, western wear, horse hardware, jewelry, authentic Indigenous arts & crafts from across North America, and a wide selection of desirable Boy Chief blankets.
Located in the heart of the Gallery Walk district, the Bearclaw Gallery carries a diverse selection of Canadian First Nations, Metis and Inuit art — including paintings, stone sculptures, wood carvings, clay works, jewelry, craft and gifts. The gallery features works by internationally acclaimed First Nations artists Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Alex Janvier, Jane Ash Poitras, (all of whom are recipients of the Order of Canada), Roy Thomas, Maxine Noel, Jim Logan, Aaron Paquette, Jason Carter, Linus Woods and many others.
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.
Hammerhead Scenic Tours offers public and private full-day, half-day, and multi-day tours to the most beautiful and memorable attractions in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Southern, and Central Alberta. Explore with an experienced small tour company - the Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Waterton National Park, The Canadian Badlands, Native History and much more from the comfort of an expertly guided tour. The mission statement is to provide a safe, friendly and personalized service to their customers. To achieve this goal they limit their tours to 14 people giving their tour guide ample opportunity to make each customer feel most welcome when enjoying their own personal experience of Albertan hospitality. They believe that there is a tour for everyone’s interests and abilities and they are always happy to be flexible and accommodating for their customers who will enjoy the relaxed and casual pace.
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.
Celebrate the New Year in Banff with a big event downtown on Banff Avenue. This family-friendly event includes skating at the downtown rink, roasting marshmallows, fire dancers, interpretive Indigenous stories and dance, and much more.
Winter Warm Up is a family-oriented festival. It has plenty of indoor and outdoor free activities for kids of all ages. On Friday, Nov 22nd visit 9th annual Firefighter's Santa Claus Parade, followed by City Hall light up. On Saturday, Nov 23rd come over to Drill Hall for more fun. This years Winter Warm-Up includes an Indigenous component - tepee and traditional storytelling, in addition to a Filipino community presentation. Also, you can do some axe and knife throwing, try yourself in archery and check out Manluk Centre's Christmas Tree Festival. Visit the petting Zoo with your kids and do some pony rides. Visit the craft sale in Memorial Arts Centre followed by a Country Music Festival. Sunday, Nov 24th - free family skate and hot chocolate at Center Twin arenas.
Although they could not be conscripted, when World War Two was declared, thousands of Indigenous Canadian men and women enlisted and fought alongside their non-Indigenous countrymen. Ironically, they fought for freedom for others while being denied equality in their own country. With narrator Gordon Tootoosis providing an historical overview, Indigenous veterans poignantly share their unforgettable war memories and their healing process. Tickets $5.