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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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Strathcona County Museum & Archives

Sherwood Park, Alberta

Step into Sherwood Park's first fire hall and RCMP Station! Explore pioneer-themed exhibits enhanced with unique historical vignettes. Our village square, modeled after a rural community, is the heart of the museum. Exhibits which include a general store, pioneer kitchen, one-room school, parlour, church, barbershop, Aboriginal room, and blacksmith and woodworking shop line the perimeter of the Square. Featured special exhibits change regularly and include private collections from local residents.

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Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre

Peace River, Alberta

The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre tells the story of Peace River through its galleries and archives. From the geological creation of the area, the rich Aboriginal heritage, the fur trade, and the evolution of the settlement into the Town of Peace River. The Main Gallery exhibit changes every eight months to depict, engaging historic themes. Curriculum-based school programming is offered at the Centre and through interpretive walking tours. In addition to an art wall feature, changing monthly, there is also a gift shop and book store onsite.

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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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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Save $100 on 2019 dates when you book before January 31.

Expires: 2019-01-31
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Experience Alberta's History - Annual Pass

Alberta's heritage facilities are unique and interesting places to visit where you can learn, have fun and connect with heritage. Purchase an Experience Alberta's History Pass and receive unlimited admission to a network of Provincial Historic Sites and museums in Alberta for one full year. Discounted family passes also available.

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Tours

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Mahikan Trails

Canmore, Alberta

Culture and Nature Based Experiences Mahikan Trails offers authentic experiences for their guests to engage in Indigenous Culture through walks, talks and hands on experiences. They are a Cree/Iroquois Metis company doing what they love. They enjoy sharing heir culture, traditions and heritage. Brenda Holder is a Knowledge Keeper of Traditional Medicine and the owner of Mahikan Trails. This company is renowned for their exceptional experiences through their interpretive walks connecting people to the land, learning about traditional medicines, foods or tools in the boreal forest or walking into a canyon with pictographs. Their clients depart with new knowledge!

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Métis Crossing Nature Preserve

Smoky Lake, Alberta

Explore the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River. The Métis Crossing Nature preserve is dedicated to preserving local flora and fauna along the river. Follow the marked interpretive trails to gain an understanding of the indigenous relationship with the land. The site is located on original Métis Riverlots from 1863 and contains unique natural features that will deepen your understanding of the Métis and the origins of Canada.

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Events

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Silver Skate Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2019-02-08 to 2019-02-18 MST

Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running February 8-18, 2019 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 29th anniversary in 2019, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza.Each year, the festival transforms Hawrelak Park into a winter wonderland with fun for the entire family. Here, you'll discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, and horse-drawn sleighs carrying families through the park. Sit in a Cree Winter Camp and cook bannock over an open fire. Compete in the Winter triathlon or speed skating events. Take in live music and theatrical performances with your friends and loved ones. The festival activities are as diverse as the people who call the Northern community home.

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