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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. 

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Fort McMurray Heritage Village

Fort McMurray, Alberta
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Heritage Village is Fort McMurray's own little village locked in time. Come to the park during the summer months and stroll through history. On your self-guided tour you will find historic buildings and artifacts that showcase the community's unique history. Heritage Village preserves Fort McMurray and region's past. Find unique treasures and hand-made, quality products in the gift shop.

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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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Kneehill Historical Museum & Accredited Visitor Information

Three Hills, Alberta
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Located on Hwy 583, next to a campground (with playground, ball diamond and picnic areas) and across from the medical facility and museum, the Accredited Visitor Information Provider (AVIP) offers travellers, county residents and their guests friendly advice, directions, area information and a historic window to Alberta's central plains. As a seasonal operation (May 1-September 15) run by community volunteers and summer staff, the museum and AVIP provides personalized service to each visitor.

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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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Camp in a Tipi or Trapper Tent

Book Rocky Mountain House camping now for summer. Camp in comfort. Cook bannock and trapper’s tea over a fire. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Includes Fur Trade Camp Kit: bison hide, period cooking kit, flint/steel fire-starting kit, bannock mix, trapper’s tea, spices, oil and soap.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Last Day of the Regular Season

Camrose, Alberta
2018-08-25 to 2018-08-25 MST

Last day of the regular season. Enjoy the gardens and all exhibits with family and friends on the last day of the season. Bookings for workshops, retreats and gatherings can be made in off-season.

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Metal Art Show and Sale

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-09-15 to 2018-09-16 MST

Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a hand-crafted metal work of art! Meet more than 55 exceptional artists as they display and sell their work. See hand-crafted items created from sterling silver, copper, and Damascus Steel. Purchase stunning jewelry, custom knives, chainmaille, sculptures, outdoor and indoor décor, and more.

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Harvest Festival

Wetaskiwin, Alberta
2018-09-01 to 2018-09-02 MST

The machinery is humming and the ovens are hot, so bring the whole family to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the bringing in the harvest. Watch as wheat crop is harvested using both steam and gasoline powered equipment, see the threshing machines at work, get a free tractor ride, play carnival games and win prizes in the Family Fun Zone, visit your animal friends in the petting zoo, view the modern John Deere equipment display, shop at the Farmers Market, purchase an open cockpit bi-plane adventure at the Aviation Display Hangar. Things you can do in the Museum: learn how to bake bread and sample a slice, make and eat a tasty treat with the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, learn how to make rope, see how a grain elevator works, dance to the music of the Foggy Minded Mountain Boys.

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