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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Delve into the past at one of Alberta’s hundreds of museums and historic sites. Rewind 250 years to experience the beginning of the fur trade. Relive the adventures of the cowboys and pioneers at an original 1882 ranch. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada. See how the Ukrainian settlers preserved their roots. Step back 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and trace their history at sites older than Stonehenge. Now take a really big jump back 75 million years to the time of the dinosaurs and see one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.

Riding with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Jeanne Barsanti Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies

Six days in the saddle with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies turned out to be a dream vacation for Jeanne Barsanti from Georgia U.S.A. Joined by five friends, she ventured out to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary
Medalta pottery in Medicine Hat

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Grain Academy & Museum

Calgary, Alberta
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Grain industry education and interpretive centre. Model train and grain elevator displays. Grain varieties. Educational films. Artifacts. Group bookings. Second level, BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

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Musée Girouxville Museum

Girouxville, Alberta

During May to August we are open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are closed on holidays. The Musée Girouxville Museum, located in the heart of Girouxville, offers visitors an inviting glimpse back into a time depicting the history of when pioneers first settled in the Smoky River Region. Over 6,000 pieces are on display. The collection showcases a wide variety of themes including, but not limited to: native, natural and domestic history and pioneer life of the region.

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Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre

Leduc, Alberta
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On a farm southwest of Edmonton in 1947, a huge oil discovery at Leduc #1 made news around the world. It was the beginning of Western Canada’s modern oil industry. What does it take to be a “roughneck” (drilling rig worker) and go in search of oil? How do you discover, drill and pump oil from the ground? This national historic site reveals all. Outside the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre, you can examine drilling rigs and vehicles used in oil exploration. A café, gift shop, camping and RV Park are all available on site.

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Atlas Coal Mine Tunnel Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the miners. Put on a lamp and hike up the inclined conveyor tunnel to the mine entry. For safety, wear sturdy shoes with good treads. Not recommended for individuals with a fear of dark, enclosed spaces or moderate heights. Children under 6 are not allowed.

Expires: 2017-09-06
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History and Heritage Day Tour from Calgary

Join this Calgary day tour by heading south through the foothills to Bar U Ranch Historic Site, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the backdrop. Next, UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, which tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains.

Expires: 2017-07-05
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Alberta Landscape and Cultural Discovery

Rolling foothills, intimidating mountains, pre-historic hoodoos, emerald lakes and fascinating arts, Alberta is home to a changing landscape and an array of activities. We explore diverse scenery on this 11-night tour, from the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies to the prairie lands and coulee landscapes of the Badlands.

Expires: 2017-07-17
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Metal Art Show and Sale

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2017-09-16 to 2017-09-17 MST

More than 45 artists selling one-of-a-kind, hand crafted works of art. Unique pieces composed primarily of carbon steel, stainless steel or Damascus steel and pieces created from recycled steel machinery. Items include stunning jewellery, custom knives, chainmaille, steam punk, sculptures, novelty toys and other whimsical items.

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Norwegian Laft Hus Festival and 30th Anniversary

Red Deer, Alberta
2017-06-24 to 2017-06-24 MST

Museum, tourist attraction, and interpretive centre for visitors and the community at large. The Norwegian Laft Hus Society prides itself in bringing to everyone, the Norwegian Canadian connection. We hold classes, seminars and special events throughout the summer. Our festival and 30th Anniversary in conjunction with Canada's 150th will be held at the Heritage Park Square from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Entertainment, Viking Re-enactment, Demonstrations, a great event for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 festival!

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Buffalo Harvest Days

Fort Macleod, Alberta
2017-09-29 to 2017-10-01 MST

The ancient buffalo harvest is a very important story told at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Celebrate Alberta Culture Days, Saturday, September 30: Join our Blackfoot guides on a guided tour through the building. Participate in our “Living off the Land” artifact demonstrations. Taste buffalo themed cuisine from our cafeteria. Watch First Nations artists demonstrate their skills and display their artworks. Sale discounts in our gift shop for all three days! Free Admission all three days. Shuttle bus service and cafeteria open.

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