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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. 

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains and western Canada as seen from the Rocky Mountaineer train is indescribable, but one of our guides offers a taste of the amazing scenery that awaits.

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Medalta Clay Pottery Museum Medicine Hat

Medalta Clay Pottery Museum

Live music Post Music Festival Medicine Hat

Medalta Beehive Kiln

A kaleidoscope of colours line the streets and fill the homes of a 1910 prairie town. Nearly 700 quilts are a sight to behold at this year's Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.

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Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Lamont, Alberta
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Step back in time at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air museum depicting early settlement in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Explore over 35 restored historic buildings brought to life by costumed interpreters portraying the lives of actual pioneers! Hear stories of solitude, survival and perseverance while discovering how Ukrainian immigration made a significant impact on Alberta's cultural identity. Authentic Ukrainian food completes this museum experience.

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Heritage Park Historical Village

Calgary, Alberta
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Escape today to Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada's largest living history museum. With over 180 exhibits spread out on 127 acres of land, plus knowledgeable costumed interpreters, Heritage Park brings history to life from the 1860s to the 1950s. Discover the vital story of the settlement of the west, which is not only preserved, but presented alive and in great working condition. Ride an antique steam train, make old-fashioned ice cream with the prairie townsfolk, help put up a tipi in a First Nations' Encampment, take a spin at the antique midway and savour fresh-from-the-oven treats from the bakery. Explore the history of the automobile, watch lively street theatre, march with the North West Mounted Police, tour the park on a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy different hands-on activities each day.

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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site

Edmonton, Alberta
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Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. In 1911, A.C. Rutherford, his wife Mattie and their family moved into this beautiful brick mansion near the university campus. The family entertained friends, relatives and influential Edmontonians for more than a generation. Today, this restored and furnished Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.

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Rockies & Rainforests

Explore the very best of Alberta on this 16-day self-drive holiday. Discover spectacular mountains, emerald lakes, charming mountain villages, and an array of wonderful wildlife.

Offered By: Discover the World

Expires: 2018-10-02
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Majestic Rockies by Rail & Road

Travel on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer and drive along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Offered By: Discover the World

Expires: 2018-10-09
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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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Spring Service

Morley, Alberta
2018-06-10 To 2018-06-10 MST

The Spring Service of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society is an unbroken tradition since the early 1970's. It marks the beginning of the Summer Interpretive Season at the Morleyville Site and welcomes visitors to hear an update on the Site and some words of inspiration from several community leaders. Their mission statement is to preserve and maintain the historic McDougall Stoney Mission Church, landmarks for visitors worldwide! Join them to celebrate the exceptional pioneer heritage of Western Canada that is uniquely reflected in the story of the Morleyville Settlement. They encourage everyone to understand history – through interpretive walks and presentations, connect with the Stoney Nation - through fellowship, special events and cultural displays and explore regional culture - through art, dance, theater and craft! Learn about local ecology and nature – interpret the biology, geology and botany of the site and surrounding area, including local Indigenous knowledge of the region.

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Celebration of Spring

Lamont, Alberta
2018-05-21 To 2018-05-21 MST

Come to the Historical village and take in one of Alberta's largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas featuring numerous dance groups of all ages from across Alberta. Catch the Vohon Ukrainian Dance Ensemble as the headline performers. Meanwhile, in the village, families can visit with costumed role players and celebrate spring on the farm with a full day of authentic activities. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for seating. Join them for the opening of their new exhibit, Painting to Remember featuring the works of Ukrainian-Canadian artist, Peter Shostak.

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East Coulee SpringFest

East Coulee, Alberta
2018-05-04 To 2018-05-05 MST

"Best little fest in the west" - quote from Andy Donnely of CKUA radio! The Drumheller Valley comes alive for 2 days of fabulous music!The 24th annual East Coulee SpringFest will feature an exciting line-up of over 35 performers in 3 venues and hours of soul-nuturing music that will rock the Canadian Badlands. The music will entice feet of all ages to get up and dance!It is all for a good cause: SpringFest is the annual fundraiser for the Provincial Historic Resource - the East Coulee School Museum.More than 120 musicians across a variety of genres: folk, blues, country, roots, rock, jazz and more. Friday kicks off with 2 venues in the evening, held at the East Coulee School Museum and the East Coulee Community Hall. Saturday the music begins at noon and goes to midnight! Cash is suggested for this event as there are no ATMs in East Coulee - however Debit and Credit Cards can be accepted at the Museum.All the venues are indoors, so there are no weather worries for this festival!

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