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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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Father Lacombe Chapel

St. Albert, Alberta
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This simple chapel, Alberta's oldest building, became the centre of the thriving French-speaking Métis settlement of St. Albert. Today the chapel has been restored to look much as it did in the early 1860s. Drop in to the chapel and let the historical interpreters take you back to an earlier time.

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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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Claresholm & District Museum and Visitor Information Centre

Claresholm, Alberta
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The Claresholm and District Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the resource for area history and up-to-date information for all visitors. We can accommodate bus tours and provide personal and group tours of our museum buildings. There is ample free parking, clean washrooms, free WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, a gift shop and beautiful lawns with picnic tables. We are within walking distance to award-winning restaurants and stores, where you can pick up anything you may need.

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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.

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Expires: 2018-11-30
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Ghouls' Night Out

Calgary, Alberta
2018-10-25 To 2018-10-25 MST | Show All Dates

Ghouls’ Night Out at Heritage Park is perfect for families with little ghouls, aged three to nine, who are looking for a fun night out. This evening ticketed event features ghoulish activities and freaky family fun! Dance the night away at the Monster Mash, learn how to fly a broomstick, venture, if you dare, through the haunted midway and have a tea party with Alice and the Mad Hatter! Advance tickets are available online.

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Cave Lantern Tours

Banff, Alberta
2019-06-01 To 2019-09-28 MST

Saturday nights. Two tours, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 1 to Sept. 28. 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 and pre-payment required.

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Ghost Tours at Heritage Park

Calgary, Alberta
2018-09-12 To 2018-09-12 MST | Show All Dates

Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour through the streets of the Historical Village. Behind the Park’s old-fashioned charm lie stories of otherworldly encounters, spine-tingling history and some memorable manifestations. This 90 minute outdoor walking tour is certain to have you spell bound. Your ticket includes one free coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy during your tour. A cash bar is available in the Selkirk Grille following the tour. Ghost Tours depart from the main gate at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. New this year; all ages ghost tours. Bring the entire family out for these shorter, earlier and child-friendly ghost tours, offered on September 12 and 19 at 6 pm. Reserve a table at the Selkirk Grille for a same-day 10% discount off your pre-tour dinner.

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