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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Alberta’s heritage is really old, but never dull. From the days when triceratops roamed, to Indigenous sites older than Stonehenge, to the first railway boom and onward, there’s plenty of history to uncover. Choose between hundreds of museums and interactive historic sites. ● Only here: Find one of the largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. ● Curious: Wander around big-city museums like Calgary’s Glenbow and Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. They have a local perspective on exhibits that’ll pique your curiosity about Canada’s history. 

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Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site

Smoky Lake, Alberta
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Victoria Settlement brings to life three major themes in Alberta's history: missionary activity, fur trade and settlement. Discover history on the North Saskatchewan River along the Victoria Trail where Reverend George McDougall founded a Methodist Mission to the Cree in 1862. This is where the Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Victoria in 1864 to trade with local indigenous people. The Mission and Fort became the nucleus for a Metis community whose river lots extended six miles along the bank of the river.

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Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site

East Coulee, Alberta
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The Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is considered Canada's most complete historic coal mine and offers visitors a range of interpretive tours, on the surface, underground and up into the last wooden tipple in the country. We tell the amazing stories of the miners who came to seek their fortunes in the Drumheller Valley, in the heart of the Canadian Badlands.

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Didsbury Museum

Didsbury, Alberta

Step into this time-travelling classroom and learn about the founding, settlement and development of the Town of Didsbury, dating all the way back to the late 1800's. Discover historical collections of photos, books, newspapers and more of the people, buildings and events that built the foundation of Didsbury.

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Canadian Badlands, & Southern Alberta

Take a step back in time! Head-Smashed-In Historic Site and Museum commemorates the oldest buffalo jump on the Canadian prairie. In contrast you will also visit Drumheller and see the Badlands where dinosaurs used to roam.

Offered By: Canada Travel Specialists

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Roaming the Rockies Holiday

Roam freely in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains with your home on wheels. Let your senses take you on a journey like no other.

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-10-01
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Canada's Lakes & Lodges

Uncover picturesque lakes on this self-drive journey through the spine of the Rockies. Stay in lodge style accommodation, positioned in areas of stunning natural beauty.

Offered By: Discover the World

Expires: 2018-09-25
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Archaeological Findings at Morleyville

Morley, Alberta
2018-07-07 To 2018-07-07 MST

Please join us on July 7 at 11:00 or at 2:00 for a site tour and talk with Dr. Margaret Kennedy. Dr. Kennedy led a detailed archaeological study of the Morleyville Mission settlement in 1984 and 1985, and will share her findings and interpretations of what she found at one of southern Alberta’s most significant historic sites. We will walk around the lower ledge where she did the excavation, so please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. A great learning opportunity for all ages!

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Cave Lantern Tours

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-02 To 2018-06-02 MST | Show All Dates

Saturday nights. Two tours, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 2 to Sept. 29. It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but you're being let in. All your senses awaken as the light from your lantern casts shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. Lanterns are supplied; you supply the imagination. A family-friendly 40-minute program. $10.80 per person. Registration required.

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Annual Fresh Air Market

Fairview, Alberta
2018-08-05 To 2018-08-05 MST

Experience the time-honoured tradition of trading and gathering at Historic Dunvegan's Fresh Air Market. Get to know local artisans and the products they passionately create. Find the perfect gift or take home a special treat for yourself. Costumed interpreters will be offering tours of Historic Dunvegan's four fully restored historic buildings. Regular admission fees apply. Please note that market is cash only and there are no cash machines onsite. If you are a local artisan or food vendor and are interested in participating in the market, please contact for more information.

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