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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.
Phillip J Currie Dinosaur Museum Wembley
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
Glenbow Museum in downtown Calgary

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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Blacksmith Shop Museum

Lacombe, Alberta

Built in 1902, the Blacksmith Shop Museum is the oldest operational Blacksmith Shop in Alberta today. While some additions and alterations have been made over the course of its hundred year old existence, the shop’s original forge continues to be used in blacksmithing demonstrations taking place today. Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted.

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Peace River Northern Alberta Railway Station

Peace River, Alberta

From September to June, we are open 5 days a week and July to August, we are open 7 days a week. The Peace River Northern Alberta Railway Station, built in 1916, is a 20th century wood frame building. It consists of a one and a half story passenger and operations building with an attached one story freight shed, each with bell cast roofs. It serves as the tourist information hub for the community. You can explore the period rooms furnished as they would have been in the station’s early days of the 1920s and 1930s.

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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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Family Fun in the Capital

Edmonton is the capital of Alberta and bursting with family fun! Experience the unique convenience West Edmonton Mall has to offer while staying in a unique theme room right at the mall. Explore the city at your own pace and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Expires: 2017-07-02
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Camp in a Tipi or Trapper Tent

Camp in comfort. Cook bannock and trapper’s tea over a fire. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Camping fee includes a Fur Trade Camp Kit: bison hide, period cooking kit and utensils, blow tube and flint/steel fire-starting kit, bannock mix, trapper’s tea, spices, oil and soap.

Expires: 2017-08-31
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Mine and Dine

Take a step back to 1937 and the first day of a coal miner in the Drumheller Valley. Discover the area’s culture first-hand at two historic sites...Rub shoulders with miners, wear work clothes and handle artefacts before unwinding with a Hungarian-style meal. June 10, August 19, September 9, October 14.

Expires: 2017-09-08
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Events

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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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Canada Day in Innisfail

Innisfail, Alberta
2017-07-01 to 2017-07-01 MST

Gates open at noon at the Historical Village. Fun, food & festivities throughout the day, entertainment by local musicians. Bounce house, games, official ceremony led by the Legion Pipe band and colour party, birthday cake and more all to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. See you there!

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Westlock Vintage Tractor & Machinery Show

Westlock, Alberta
2017-06-03 to 2017-06-04 MST

Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club 26th Annual Show at the Ag Society Grounds, West side of Westlock.featuring: European Makes & Orphans vintage Tractor and machinery displays, tractor skill competitions & pulls, stationary engine displays, threshing with steam power demonstration. Admission includes pancake breakfast & admission for Canadian Tractor Museum.

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