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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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Rossdale Burial Site

Edmonton, Alberta

Rossdale was a burying ground for Aboriginals and others who lived at Fort Edmonton and the surrounding area. It became part of Epcor’s power generating site but when human remains were found on the site, a commitment was made to honour those buried there. Part of Rossdale Road that had actually crossed the burial ground was rerouted around it and the decision was made to build a memorial. The human remains were reburied at a special ceremony in August of 2006 and the site is now legally designated as a cemetery or burial ground.

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Claresholm & District Museum and Visitor Information Center

Claresholm, Alberta
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The Claresholm and District Museum and Visitor Information Centre is the resource for area history and up-to-date information for all visitors. We can accommodate bus tours and provide personal and group tours of our museum buildings. There is ample free parking, clean washrooms, free WiFi, wheelchair accessibility, a gift shop and beautiful lawns with picnic tables. We are within walking distance to award-winning restaurants and stores, where you can pick up anything you may need. We have friendly, knowledgeable staff who can direct you wherever you intend to go and provide you with information on roads, campgrounds, and accommodations

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Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre

Fort Vermilion, Alberta

This unique museum portrays the culture and history of one of the oldest settlements in Alberta, a gathering place for First Nations and fur traders.

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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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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.

Expires: 2017-06-06
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Tours

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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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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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Events

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No Greater Love

Morley, Alberta
2017-08-12 to 2017-08-13 MST

No Greater Love Music Festival is quickly establishing the reputation as being the ultimate faith festival experience. It’s all about unity and community. Thousands coming together at the foot of the majestic Canadian Rockies that is now being dubbed one of the most spectacular festival backdrops in North America. Hosted on the lands of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, recognized as 'Mother Nature’s Movie Set' where Hollywood blockbusters like The Revenant, Legends of The Fall and Shanghai Noon were filmed. It’s the perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind festival experience.

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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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Rails and Tales 2017

Stettler, Alberta
2017-06-28 to 2017-07-05 MST

Come to Stettler, Alberta, to ride Alberta Prairie Railway’s heritage rail cars behind one—or both—of the historic steam locomotives, #41 or #1392. Enjoy steam traction engines, heritage farm equipment, Metis Heritage and Canada Celebrations.

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