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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

Attractions

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Fort Normandeau

Red Deer, Alberta
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Visit the place where Red Deer began. The Fort marks the place where First Nations and Metis people, along with European settlers, came together at the only place to safely cross the Red Deer River in the 1870s. We are open from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving in October. Come for a picnic, a program, an event, or to get your hands dirty in our heritage garden. Please call 403-346-2010 during the off-season and we'll be happy to help you out.

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Fort Chipewyan Bicentennial Museum

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

This museum in Fort Chipewyan is an exact replica of the 1870s Hudson's Bay store and contains historical artifacts from the fur trade, historical photographs and other unique items.

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Janvier Gallery

Cold Lake, Alberta
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Born of Dene Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of eight. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. In 2012 the new Janvier Gallery opened on Cold Lake First Nations 149B, which is located north of the City of Cold Lake.

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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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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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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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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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Creative Western Adventures Ltd.

Calgary, Alberta

Creative Western Adventures is a niche inbound tour operator specializing in nature & culture (aboriginal) travel. Our journeys connect the visitors to the land and the people. They are restorative, sustainable, responsible, educational and experiential. 'Together we immerse in nature, feel, sense, see with other eyes - we listen to our heart and venture into the unknown' Deep experiences lead to a new awareness of our relationship with Self, Earth and Society; they help us remember the Laws of Nature and how to live in harmony with all our relations. They are the true long lasting adventures!

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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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National Aboriginal Day

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-06-21 to 2017-06-21 MST

National Aboriginal Day - Wednesday June 21st 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. In the "Moon of the Longest Day", we celebrate First Nations' contribution to Canadian society. Experience the sound and spectacle of drumming and dancing. Interact with our performers. Listen to Blackfoot Elders tell stories about the plains buffalo culture. Guided facility tours, a live display of Alberta Birds of Prey, and indigenous food sampling are all included. Try your hand at Atl Atl throwing, an ancient hunting technique.

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Peace River Pow Wow & Aboriginal Gathering

Peace River, Alberta
2017-06-03 to 2017-06-03 MST

Join us for the 14th Annual Pow Wow and 22nd Annual Aboriginal Gathering on the banks of the Peace River. This exciting event takes place at the Peace River Agriculture Grounds in Northern Sunrise County. Highlights with free admission, grand entries daily at 1:00 p.m. Entertainment includes: competitive dance & drum competition, inter-tribal dance, hand drum singing contest,hand games, graduation ceremony, tiny-tots paid daily , Metis jigging & fiddling contest on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and free feast of stew and bannock on Saturday. Display tables, aboriginal crafts, children's crafts, activities, and concessions. Some concessions will feature traditional food.

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