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Indigenous Culture, Heritage & Arts

All around Alberta you’ll find tributes to the strength and stamina of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Feel the past come to life as the stories of the hunt are told through drum and dance at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was actively used by the Plains Indians for at least 5,700 years. See North America’s largest concentration of petroglyphs (carvings) and pictographs (paintings) on the cliffs at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Explore the interactive exhibits at Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Sleep in a teepee, learn to make pemmican and bead a moccasin. Investigate early Métis life at Métis Crossing.
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon
Indigenous dancers in Horsethief Canyon

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Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre

Slave Lake, Alberta

The Slave Lake Friendship Centre offers Handicrafts for sale, featuring local artisans and handmade First Nations gifts. Moccasins, beadwork, dream-catchers. Heritage Room features artifacts and teachings about cultural practices. Food Bank, second hand clothing/shoes at the Friendly Boutique, and many programs and events. Regular soup and bannock, Aboriginal Days celebrations.

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Kinosayo Museum

Slave Lake, Alberta

If you're up for a little drive, head down the highway to Kinuso. The Kinosayo Museum was founded in 1983 and is run by a volunteer board; people in the local area have donated the majority of the collections. For those interested in the wildlife, the Kinosayo Myuseum has one of the most developed wildlife exhibits in Northern Alberta. Kinosayo museum seeks to collect, research, preserve and portray the history and environmental aspects of Kinuso and the surrounding district. We are preserving the past for future generations to enjoy.

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Historic Fort Normandeau

Red Deer, Alberta
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Brand new exhibits and a reconstruction of the original Fort at Red Deer Crossing sets the stage to bring the early history of Red Deer to life. Join us for programs, exhibits, and seasonal special events. A heritage garden, poultry yard, and teepees are set up for public enjoyment.

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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 150 Package

The Canada 150 package includes: 15% discount on your hotel room, complimentary hot deluxe buffet breakfast, small Aboriginal gift, rental car discount, $5 casino voucher, complimentary upgrade based on availability and complimentary in-room movie.

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Edmonton Attractions Pass

Take advantage of Edmonton's attractions with a U-Pick Pass. The Edmonton Attractions Pass gives you access to any 4 out of 15 of the region's most visited attractions for one low price. Or, choose to upgrade to the Ultimate Pass for admission to all 15 attractions.

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Tours

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

An aboriginal Company specializing in hands on experiential opportunities.

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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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Highlight Adventure Tours

Sundre, Alberta

Adventures that are the highlight of your vacation! Highlight Adventure Tours believes that the natural and human heritage of the world should be experienced and shared. That's why we exist. ​Let us provide you with a lifetime of memories and experiences. From overnight trail riding or rafting adventures, to day trips to secluded animal sanctuaries and living historic villages and saloons, we make the booking process easy and enjoyable. For your convenience, all of our packages are always inclusive of all taxes, admissions and scheduled meals. Pay one fee and have no worries. Call today to plan your adventure.

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Events

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary, Alberta
2017-07-07 to 2017-07-16 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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Aboriginal Day

Bonnyville, Alberta
2017-06-21 to 2017-06-21 MST

Join us on Aboriginal Day for our annual celebration hosted by the Bonnyville Friendship Centre. The day includes a barbeque and a number of different events and activities, including traditional dancing.

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Canada Day at Heritage Park

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

Celebrate Canada Day in Calgary the old fashioned way with your friends and family at Heritage Park! The day kicks off with a complimentary pancake breakfast for the first 2017 people and features an old-fashioned parade down main street, mini chuckwagon races, and live entertainment throughout the park. Welcome new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony and be one of the first to experience the launch of a new exhibit and performance titled Journey of a Lifetime, Presented by BMO. This engaging presentation shares the story of the Colonist rail car, and the people it carried out west in the largest wave of immigration in Canadian History. Wear your red and white and celebrate Canada's rich cultural diversity and heritage this Canada Day!

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