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Canadian Culture Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want the quintessential Canadian experience? Start by hiking to a striking blue glacier lake with a picnic lunch of smoked trout and butter tarts. Then learn to ice skate while kids who just learned to walk do circles around you. And make sure to tell everyone about that one time you went camping and saw a grizzly bear and a moose hanging out. • Only here: Watch a re-enactment of early horseback prowess with Fort Macleod’s Northwest Mounted Police Musical Ride. • Try it: There’s no experience required to get super-Canadian in an Alberta winter. Snowshoe nearly anywhere in the province, road trip through glacier country and finish with a game meat charcuterie board and local brew by a crackling fire. 

Clay Risen from the New York Times writes about the sudden popularity of all kinds of whiskey on both sides of the Canadian-American border that is driving a rapid expansion among Canadian distillers. Clay speaks to Davin de Kergommeaux, a whiskey writer in Ottawa, about the change in the spirit industry in Canada.

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Lake Louise | Paddy Pallin

Vermillion Lakes | @wingsofafeather

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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Private Historical Garden Tour

This exclusive tour will be led by a local historian and Garden host, and will provide a detailed understanding of why the Garden became a tribute to Japanese-Canadians. Hear about Nikkei settlement, internment during WWII, post war experience, and how the formation of this Canadian Japanese garden.

Expires: 2018-10-14
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Weave your own Dreamcatcher

Traditionally, artisans would create dreamcatchers that would be hung over each bed. As you sleep, it would catch good dreams while trapping the bad dreams in its intricate web. In this workshop, a Chiniki artisan will teach you to design, weave and make your own dreamcatcher to take home.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Piksun, the Buffalo Jump

Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a World Heritage Site to immerse yourself in a 3-hour Indigenous cultural experience. It will take you back in time to learn the basics of buffalo hunting. Cost: $40 includes admission and program free. Valid on Mondays and Fridays in July and August. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Attractions

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Big Valley Creation Science Museum

Big Valley, Alberta
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Located in Big Valley, Canada's first creation museum was built to refute evolution and display evidence of the glory of the Creator's handiwork.

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The Hangar Flight Museum

Calgary, Alberta
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The Hangar Flight Museum is located just south of the Calgary International Airport. Built in 1941, it was the drill hall for the #37 Secondary Flight Training School. The Museum features a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft spanning the entire century of Canadian flight. The Museum contains exhibits, uniforms, scale models, over 20 aircraft, and allows guests to experience the history of Western Canadian aviation up close.

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Sexsmith and District Museum

Sexsmith, Alberta

We are open May long weekend to September long weekend from Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., we are closed Mondays. Located throughout the town: Nels Johnson Blacksmith Shop, NAR Station, Paszkowski Heritage House and Anderson Hall create a streetscape and façade that reflects the prosperity viability, and history of our town. Antique lighting, town clock and historical plaques take us back to bygone years. Emmanuel Anglican Church is now also part of the growing complex.

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Events

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Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

Calgary, Alberta
2018-10-12 to 2018-10-13 MST

Life’s Short – Eat. Drink. Celebrate. At the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, sponsored by Sobeys and Safeway Liquor. October 12 & 13 at Stampede Park BMO Centre. Enjoy samples from some of Calgary’s best restaurants and sip on amazing wines, spirits and beers from all over the world. Craving more? Check out our website www.rockymountainwine.com

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Cameron Bird - alpenglow

Banff, Alberta
2018-09-20 to 2018-09-28 MST

Cameron Bird has grown up with a passion for the outdoors. Whether it was a family camping trip to the west coast of British Columbia, a hunting excursion deep into the backwoods of the northern interior or time spent exploring northern Ontario on his grandparents' farm, Cameron developed a love for nature and its surroundings at an early age. This love and passion has grown over the years and has become the foundation of the artist so many have come to know today.Cameron has been painting professionally since 1989 and full time since 1999. Known for his confident big broad brushstrokes, Cameron’s work is confident and distinctive. Artist reception Saturday, September 22, 2 - 5 pm.

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Alberta Culture Days at the Frank Slide

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-09-28 to 2018-09-30 MST

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Starting in the early 1900s, people came from eastern and western Europe, the United States, and other parts of Canada to make a living in the coal mining valley of the Crowsnest Pass. They brought cultural traditions with them that have made the area a hotbed of artistic and musical creativity. Culture Days showcases the vibrant culture of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. At the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, view the art exhibit, A Slow Light. In 2015, Canmore-based artist, Tyler Los-Jones, began his investigation of the Crowsnest Pass during a residency program organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery at the Gushul Studio in Blairmore. He recalls encountering the region’s stories in the way one encounters bands of strata, there are those that are large and obvious that you can determine at a distance and those that are more contorted that you need to experience up close. The layered geological and economic narratives within the region became the basis for the photographs and sculpture in this exhibition. Other events: Harvest of Memories Gala and Auction, fundraiser for the Crowsnest Museum; M is for Music on Sunday at Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery (a musical talent recital).

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