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Landmarks & Buildings Attractions & Entertainment

While Canada is a relatively young country, there are many architecturally significant buildings and landmarks for you to explore in Alberta. Our oldest building is a chapel built in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe as the heart of the settlement of St. Albert. Here, and at many other historic sites, costumed interpreters will take you back in time. From Edmonton’s Legislative Assembly of Alberta, built of marble and local sandstone in 1907 in the Beaux Arts style popular at the time, to the Calgary Tower built 60 years later of concrete and steel, you’ll discover fascinating architecture around the province that expresses our evolving history and culture.
Calgary Tower
Edmonton City Hall

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St. Margaret's Church Historic Site

Elkwater, Alberta

Located 20 minutes southwest of the Elkwater Lake area, at the junction of Eagle Butte Road and Township Road 74. Church and cemetery always open for visitor viewing. Interdenominational services offered occasionally.

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Saamis Tepee

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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By far, Medicine Hat’s most visible landmark is the Saamis Tepee! Originally constructed for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics, the Saamis Tepee is a tribute to Canada’s native heritage. Built entirely of steel with a concrete foundation, the tepee is ringed with 10 large circular story-boards depicting aspects of native culture and history. After being moved to Medicine Hat, erection and assembly of the major structural elements of the Saamis Tepee began October 20th, 1991, and was completed in less than one week. Saamis Tepee is located on the Trans-Canada Highway next to the Tourism Medicine Hat Visitor Centre.

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Hoodoos and Hoodoo Trail

Drumheller, Alberta
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Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged. The protected Hoodoos site is a guaranteed spot to see Hoodoos but smaller versions of these sandstone giants can be found all over the Badlands. The Hoodoos make a great stop on the way to the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site in East Coulee. There's no cost to stop and visit.

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Drumheller and the Badlands Day Tour

This Drumheller day tour (from Calgary) features the dinosaur capital of the world, and visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Then head to Atlas Coal mine for a guided tour of this National Historic Site. Finally take a stroll across the Rosedale Suspension Bridge to view the Hoodoos.

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Park + Stay

The perfect package for anyone experiencing Downtown Edmonton’s new Ice District and Rogers Place Arena. Receive free parking at the Matrix Hotel and a $40 hotel credit to use during your stay. A hot breakfast buffet and evening wine tasting is also included.

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Best of Big E

This is a highlight tour of Edmonton available throughout the year. Come learn some of the stories from the characters and politics that have made this city a northern gem. 90 minutes duration.

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Indigenous Showcase and Powwow on Canada Day

Calgary, Alberta
2017-07-01 to 2017-07-01 MST

Take this wonderful opportunity to find out more about the Indigenous culture. Children can learn Metis dance steps and try unique arts and crafts while everyone enjoys the traditional Powwow and cultural programs in tipis and Metis trapper tents. It all begins on the Main Stage at 10 a.m. with a Morning Blessing and ends there with great music beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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Canada Day Francophone entertainment on Prince’s Island Park

Calgary, Alberta
2017-07-01 to 2017-07-01 MST

Enjoy some unique Francophone entertainment on Prince’s Island to celebrate Canada Day 150! The action starts at 10 a.m. with a carnival atmosphere that includes interactive games, mascots, puppet show, Francophone music, Quebec traditional dishes and Maple Taffy on snow. Story-telling, Metis finger-weaving along with fiddle-music by James Thurgood will round out the day.

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