Getting into the spirit on GivingTuesday

GivingTuesdayAfter standing in line all weekend during the Black Friday shopping spree and the exciting clicking that took place on Cyber Monday…why not think about sharing some of the dollars you saved and give yourself a gift come tax time? Tuesday, November 28 is Giving Tuesday, a national and increasingly global movement dedicated to giving back!

GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for charities, companies and individuals to join together and rally for favourite causes. Read on to find out how this could help benefit you:

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Find what you need at the Provincial Archives

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What do Juno-nominated musicians, comic book collectors, interior decorators and personal organizers have in common? They’ve all, at one point or another, accessed collections and services at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA).

Located in Edmonton, PAA is the repository for records and resources considered to be of historical and cultural significance to the people of Alberta. Whether for photos, videos, films, maps or text, folks visiting the Archives can access literally millions of different records.

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Battle of Passchendaele Day

Battle of Passchendaele. November, 1917 Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada

On November 10, 1917, exactly one hundred years ago today, the Canadian Corps captured the eastern edge of Passchendaele Ridge, bringing an end to a horrific, muddy battle for the Allied forces. To commemorate this achievement, the Government of Alberta has declared November 10, 2017 as Battle of Passchendaele Day in Alberta. Continue reading

From carpentry to tourism: entrepreneur builds a dream

 

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Nestled in a coniferous forest, along the banks of the Bow River in the traditional lands of the Blackfoot, rests Tipi accommodations and the River Ranche Lodge. It’s where Dion Red Gun and his wife Cherylene Bullbear created the business of their dreams, River Ranche Tourism.

Here in the peaceful and serene territory, visitors can learn about the outdoors and the Blackfoot culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the fly fishing, kayaking, birding and cross country skiing excursions. Those seeking cultural experiences will learn from Siksika Elders who share their knowledge of healing and wellness. Through the Majorville Medicine Wheel Journey through Siksika lands, Elders and members share the interpretation of the stones, dances, stories of the dancing regalia, and significant sites important to the Siksika. Sweat lodge experiences are also available upon request.

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#CanadaRemembers

Laying trench mats at Passchendaele

Canadian Pioneers laying trench mats over mud. Battle of Passchendaele. Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives of Canada

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, an armistice ended the hostilities of the First World War. Today we know it as Remembrance Day, when communities across Canada honour our fallen and the sacrifices our soldiers have made for our country.

This month is also the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, where from October 26 to November 10, 1917 close to 16,000 Canadians killed, wounded or missing. With more than a half a million casualties for the Allied forces to move the frontline a mere eight kilometres, Passchendaele became a symbol of the horror and futility of war. Despite the hardships, the Canadian Corps not only won a key victory, it helped the country gain international recognition as an independent nation.

Here are some of the ways you can learn more about our military heroes of Passchendaele and the Great War, as well as all those who have served our country throughout during Veterans’ Week.

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Rutherford House invites you to honour Remembrance Day

Are you looking for a way to commemorate Remembrance Day? Join Rutherford House this weekend for the annual Rutherford House Remembers event.

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Tucked inside the University of Alberta campus is the home of Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. This post-Edwardian style building and the beautiful surrounding gardens have been restored to their former glory for you to enjoy.

On Nov. 5 from noon to 4 p.m., the beautiful Rutherford House welcomes you to remember and honour the courageous Canadian men, women, and animals of the Great War, both at home and at the Front.

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Watch your old home movies at the Provincial Archives!

Do you have home movies tucked away that you’ve been dying to watch? If so, you’re in luck!

From a 16mm film of grandpa lounging in his easy chair, to Super 8 clips of mom and dad in front of their new suburban house, home movies document family life and link generations together. Whether it’s a wedding, birthday celebration, holiday gathering, or just a relaxing summer afternoon with friends and relatives, these celluloid records are irreplaceable.  But when was the last time that you dusted off those old reels? Do you have the right equipment to view them? Continue reading

Come out and play!

Tired of the concrete urban jungle, or the often hectic demands of life day to day? Fortunately for Albertans, the province’s two largest cities have beautiful river valleys to explore. Chris Szydlowski understood the value of that idea and started a tourism business to help urban dwellers come out and play.

In our final post celebrating Small Business Week and the many tourism businesses who are shaping tourism in Alberta, we Segway into a look at River Valley Adventure Co. 

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Are you Afraid of the Dark? Find out at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum!

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Have you ever wanted to explore the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in the dark with the creepy-crawly feeling of Halloween in the air? If so, then you’re in luck.

On October 28, take part in the museum’s adult-only, second annual Halloween event, Are You Afraid of the Dark, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Crazed Doll Maker is on the prowl, so beware and take care. When the lights go out, the dolls will rise…to greet you.

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