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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. 

Leighton Art Centre is where art and nature come together in Southern Alberta’s Foothills. More than just a unique historic home once owned by a pair of renowned artists, it's a vibrant and open space for creativity, inspiring all who visit to explore, appreciate and create. In 2012, Barbara Leighton - a woman who lived and unconventional life and the Centre's founder - was posthumously honoured as one of '100 Outstanding Albertans' in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Her legacy is a beautiful one indeed.

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Camrose Railway Station Museum Archives and Station Cafe

Camrose, Alberta
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Located in the town's heritage district, the Camrose Railway Station and Park offers visitors the opportunity to explore an original 1911 CN Railway Depot. Wander through the displays in the bunkhouse, stop by the watchman's shed, view historical pictures of Camrose in the Sparling Centre and take a stroll through the picturesque gardens. The family friendly museum, which also features a gift store and tea room, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday between the May long weekend and the last Saturday in August, as well as by appointment throughout the remainder of the year.

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Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
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Leitch Collieries was one of the most impressive and sophisticated early coal mines in the Crowsnest Pass. It was the only fully Canadian-owned and operated coal mine in the pass, and features ruins of a coal processing plant, interpretive panels, weigh scale, coke ovens and more. During summer months, knowledgeable staff can provide guided tours for an insider's perspective on the history of this early business venture that had great promise, but ultimately didn't make it.

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Historic Dunvegan

Fairview, Alberta
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Alberta is steeped in history of Indigenous people, the fur trade and missionaries. Historic Dunvegan, a National Historic Site of Canada nestled in the stunning Peace River valley, brings that history to life. Four original, authentically-restored and furnished buildings are still located in the same places they were over 100 years ago, and historic interpreters are waiting to share the stories that helped shape the province we know today.

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Alberta Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers

Explore Banff from an amazing Gondola ride before you visit one of the most stunning lakes in the world - Lake Louise. Sit and admire the stunning views that surround the most famous lake in the Canadian Rockies before embarking to Jasper, Edmonton and Drumheller.

Offered By: Canada Travel Specialists

Expires: 2018-11-30
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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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Local Art Show with Music by The Wardens

Morley, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

On August 18 at 1:00 visit the McDougall Memorial United Church Site for an Art walk and sale with local artist’s who will be set up at the site with their art for sale or for commission work. With a special performance by The Wardens - listen as they share haunting harmonies and chilling tales from their lives in the wilderness of Canada’s mountain national parks. Very entertaining afternoon in a beautiful setting.

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Stephansson House - Harvest Fair and Quilt Show

Markerville, Alberta
2018-08-19 To 2018-08-19 MST

As Summer comes to a close, visit Stephansson House for an afternoon of fun and games for the whole family. Enjoy simple refreshments, musical entertainment, and demonstrations while browsing the wares of local artisans, including a cornucopia of quilts by the Spruce View Quilters! Kids of all ages are invited to bring their pennies (or get them from us) and participate in our old-fashioned carnival games and crafts.This year's vendors include It's Jerky Time, Voxxlife, Happy Hippo, Muddy Otter's Pottery, Nana's Bits and Bobs, and more!

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Behind the Scenes Artist Tour with Aaron Nelson

Medicine Hat, Alberta
2018-09-21 To 2018-09-21 MST

Aaron Nelson first came to Medalta to teach a soda kiln building workshop and never left! Here’s your chance to get an in depth tour of the Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics and our International Artists in Residence program by Medalta’s Executive Director. See the artist’s studios, state of the art kilns, the Les Manning Gallery and more! Tour starts at 1pm, please arrive early.

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