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Museums & Historic Sites Culture, Heritage & Arts

Alberta’s heritage is really old, but never dull. From the days when triceratops roamed, to Indigenous sites older than Stonehenge, to the first railway boom and onward, there’s plenty of history to uncover. Choose between hundreds of museums and interactive historic sites. • Only here: Find one of the largest collections of complete dinosaur skeletons in the world at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. • Curious: Wander around big-city museums like Calgary’s Glenbow and Edmonton’s Royal Alberta Museum. They have a local perspective on exhibits that’ll pique your curiosity about Canada’s history. 

The beauty of the Rocky Mountains and western Canada as seen from the Rocky Mountaineer train is indescribable, but one of our guides offers a taste of the amazing scenery that awaits.

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Atlas Coal Mine | Roth & Ramberg

Fort Macleod | Katie Goldie

A kaleidoscope of colours line the streets and fill the homes of a 1910 prairie town. Nearly 700 quilts are a sight to behold at this year's Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary.

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Anthony Henday Museum

Delburne, Alberta

This community museum is located on Main Street in Delburne. Learn about Anthony Henday who passed through this area in 1754, while on a mission for the Hudson's Bay Company. The museum is housed in a former CN station and also features four floors of exhibits located in a CN water tower.

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Devil's Coulee Dinosaur & Heritage Museum

Warner, Alberta

See a Hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) nest with embryo in egg with tours to where the eggs were found, ancient fossils, dinosaur models, and other activities. Special Services Force and military display. Women's Days of the Week, which depicts the importance of women in the early 1900s.

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Art Gallery of St. Albert

St. Albert, Alberta
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Located in St. Albert, this non-profit art gallery features the works of contemporary and community artists and brings art to life with public programs and events.

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Cave and Basin Lantern Tour

It’s after hours at the Cave and Basin, but you are being let in. Your senses awaken as lanterns cast shadows on ancient grotto walls. Mysterious sounds and voices are a reminder that others, like you, have journeyed to these thermal waters for centuries. Every Saturday Night: May to September.

Expires: 2018-09-01
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River Forth Dining Car Lunches

Enjoy an elegant three-course lunch with wine, aboard a travelling 1920's Canadian Pacific Railway car at Heritage Park in Calgary. This unique fine dining experience is a great alternative to a traditional restaurant. Must book tables of two or four. Valid on select Tuesdays only.

Expires: 2018-08-27
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Build your own Drum

Used traditionally in ceremonial dances, drum in Chiniki culture represent the heartbeat of a soul. Build your own hand drum in this unique hands-on experience, led by a Chiniki Nation artisan in a small group lesson. All materials will be provided including a baseboard, hides, and drum sticks.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Coal-the End of an Era

Camrose, Alberta
2018-07-14 to 2018-07-14 MST

Explore the history of coal in the central Alberta area. Fun day for all ages. Old fashioned games, activities for kids. Rides on the Percy-like train. Enjoy displays depicting the Railway and coal mining, the reason the railways came here. Tour the gardens and other historic buildings. Visit the Station Garden Railway where period trains will be running. Enjoy a self-serve light lunch in the Station Beanery (name for station restaurants in early days).

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The Hagerty Driving Experience

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-07-28 to 2018-07-28 MST

Hagerty Insurance is helping to build the next generation of classic car enthusiasts. As part of these efforts, The Hagerty Driving Experience will be hosted at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum on Saturday, July 28. First introduced in 2011, The Hagerty Driving Experience has provided 'behind the wheel' opportunities for young drivers to learn how to drive exciting manual transmission classic cars. If you're between 15 and 35 and would like to participate as a student, you are encouraged to register.

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Annual Cookie Walk

Camrose, Alberta
2018-12-01 to 2018-12-01 MST

Annual Cookie Walk, Tea & Christmas White Elephant Sale (1-4:30 p.m.) Within the beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other items including homemade carrot pudding and loaves. The day of the Cookie Walk, purchase cookies from a wide variety to take home. No need to Christmas bake. Following your Cookie Walk, enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts.

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