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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

Want to really know this part of the world? Learn the past and present of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who've lived here thousands of years. Our Indigenous population are decendants from the first people to settle the North American plains. ● Sweet dreams: At Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, camp in a tipi village and wake up to sunlight streaming in through the tipi holes. ● Heritage: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used by Blackfoot hunters for at least 5,700 years. 

Driftpile Reserve Pow Wow | Rob Ganzeveld

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump | Mike Seehagel

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Chiniki Cultural Centre Exhibits

Morley, Alberta
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The Chiniki Cultural Centre is where culture meets cuisine for experience. The heart of the Chiniki Cultural Centre are the exhibits. Drawing on the images of the First Nations and supported by the collections of other museums, this unique presentation of the Chiniki culture is a must-see. Complimented with artifacts of the Nation members, this tasteful offering addresses the breadth of Chiniki history. Well researched and properly displayed, guests will feel a connection to the richness of the culture. The Chiniki Nation is part of the Stoney Nakoda alliance and under the leadership of Chief John Chiniquay, one of the original signatories of Treaty 7. Located in the immediate foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the centre presents panoramic views while still enjoying proximity to the Trans Canada Highway in Morley. The centre is open year round and admission is modestly priced. Elders and Guides will be glad to answer your questions and point out some of the more interesting elements in the exhibits.

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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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Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
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The Heritage Museum on Main has been preserving local history since 1986. We currently have three floors of exhibits relating to everything from First Nations' history to the War Years! Discover Wetaskiwin's early businesses read about the extraordinary Women of Aspenland and get a glimpse into early pioneer life.

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Grey Eagle Date Night Package

Enjoy a night at the Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary's newest and most exciting Resort Casino. Your package includes an overnight stay, in-room chocolate strawberries & champagne - $50 Resort dining credit and complimentary hot buffet breakfast.

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Canada's Winter Wonderland

Find yourself immersed in a scene clipped from a holiday card in the magnificent province of Alberta in the winter. You’ll stay at two of its most incredible, historic hotels. This is a magical time to get to know Alberta and discover its treasures covered with snow.

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Winter Medicine Walk

Let a Métis guide teach you about winter in the Rockies. Look for animal tracks in the snow, learn about medicinal plants, hear legends and learn to love winter in a whole new way. From $50 per adult and $25 per child.

Expires: 2018-02-28
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Adventure Borealis

Fort McMurray, Alberta

Adventure Borealis offers premier outdoor adventures in the heart of the oil sands. Our local Metis guides help ensure your memories of an outdoor experience in Fort McMurray will last a lifetime. Our years of outdoor experience and knowledge of the region will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Chiniki Cultural Experiences

Morley, Alberta
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Allow your First Nation's experience to come alive. Sit and talk with an Elder, hear their perspectives and learn from their wise counsel. Witness the talent and beauty of native dancing, drumming and singing in a traditional setting. Performance exhibitions happen regularly at the Centre by the artistic talent and craftsmanship of First Nation artisans. Watch the artists work, talk to them as they create, and learn how they have embraced the creativity of their ancestors. Explore the beauty of the land with guided nature walks. The residents share land with deer, moose, bears and an assortment of wildlife. They live in peace with them all and would welcome showing you how the earth has sustained us with her bounty and her beauty. Each admission includes access to the Cultural Centre exhibit package as part of your experience. The weather and seasons can impact availability, but is open year-round.

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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Events

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2018-06-02 to 2018-06-03 MST

We welcome everyone to come and participate in the 15th Annual Peace River Pow Wow on June 2 & 3, 2017. We have free camping, no open fires though and it is free to attend Pow Wow daily. We have Authentic Indigenous Crafts made on Turtle Island. Grande Entries are Saturday at 1 pm and 6 pm and Sunday at 1 pm. We will celebrate our Aboriginal Graduates on Sunday June 3 at 3 pm presenting them with Eagle Feathers, Certificate from MLA and Honor Dance. We have the best Indigenous Food Vendors in Alberta attending the Pow Wow from neckbones to bannock burgers we got the whole experience.

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2018-07-06 to 2018-07-15 MST

The Calgary Stampede is so large and so iconic it almost defies description. But in the world of all things cowboy, the 104-year-old event, held in and around Stampede Park, is the top of the mountain. So take your pick: bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world's richest, most competitive tournament-style rodeo; the world's premier chuckwagon derby, featuring 36 teams of horses and drivers; or one of Canada's largest music festivals, with five stages and 300 performers, including a slate of international country music headliners.

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