Come See the Sites (and Museums) during Alberta Culture Days!

Alberta Culture Days returns at the end of the month, and for lovers of Alberta’s history and heritage that means free admissions for the weekend!

From September 29 – October 1, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend are offering free admission and special programs to Albertans.* From art displays to crafts to new exhibits, Alberta Culture Days provide an excellent opportunity for Albertans to explore and discover a diverse range of activities and treasures throughout the province.
*some activities may have additional fees; check each site for details

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Memories of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum!

This year, the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is marking its 25th anniversary. Planning for our big celebration on Saturday, September 30, 2017, is well underway!

Over the next 25 days, we’ll be sharing memories of the museum from the past quarter century…and we want you to help us! Have you ever worked or volunteered at the museum? Were you here on opening day? Or maybe you have a favourite memory from a trip to the museum?

Share your memories and photos with us on the Reynolds-Alberta Museum social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as we celebrate 25 years of memorable moments at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum!

Celebrate Alberta’s Ukrainian pioneers with two exciting events this week

Tomorrow (September 7) marks the inaugural Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day in Alberta! You’re invited to celebrate with Premier Rachel Notley at the Alberta Legisature grounds for an evening celebrating the best of Ukrainian Heritage with performances, food trucks and more.

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The date was chosen to honour the first officially recorded Ukrainian immigrants, Ivan Pylypiw and Vasyl Eleniak, who arrived in Canada on Sept. 7, 1891.

With approximately 350,000 Albertans of Ukrainian descent, Alberta today is home to the largest population of Ukrainian-Canadians in western Canada. From agriculture and industry, to politics, academia and culture, generations of Ukrainian-Canadians have contributed to Alberta’s success.

Details: Thurs. Sept. 7, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Alberta Legislature grounds, South Bandshell

It’s harvest time at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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Summertime fun continues this weekend

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If you’re not out and about Alberta this weekend for Open Farm Days, three provincial historic sites and museums have weekend activities may tickle your fancy.

In southern Alberta? The Remington Carriage Museum‘s Miniature Chuckwagon Championship Races might be your thing.

In northern Alberta? Victoria Settlement‘s Annual Potato Derby is the place to be!

In central Alberta? Stephansson House invites you to the annual Harvest Fair and Quilt Show!

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Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds

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Old bikes, new bikes, red bikes, blue bikes! Don’t miss the impressive line-up at this year’s Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds, presented by Honda Canada, Aug. 19 at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum.

All brands, dealership clubs, riding clubs, riding club members and owners from across the province are invited to join in for this day dedicated to the motorcycle. Last year was the first time that Reynolds-Alberta Museum put on the ride and event organizers were thrilled when more than 900 motorcycles showed up.

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Meet your rural neighbours during Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20

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Open Farm Days is close. Really close.

Open Farm Days (OFD), for the uninitiated types, is a celebration of everything rural Alberta has to offer. On August 19 and 20, farms and ranches across the province will open their doors to offer visitors a range of experiences, including culinary events, tours and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’ve participated in OFD before, then you know the score. However, a primer for first-timers and a refresher are in order. With that, let’s review some tips and highlights to ensure your Open Farm Days journey is fun and memorable.

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Explore the centre of the thriving French speaking Metis settlement of St. Albert

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If you’re in the city of St. Albert try a family visit to the Father Lacombe Chapel this Sunday, August 13, in honour of Mission Hill Day.

In 1861, Father Albert Lacombe and a group of Métis constructed a log building to serve the new St. Albert Roman Catholic Mission. That chapel still stands today as Alberta’s oldest building.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Aug.13, interpretive guides lead tours through the chapel and the historic Mission Hill site and demonstrate activities and skills of the time. Visit the crypt where Father Lacombe and Bishop Grandin are laid to rest. Take a stroll through the cemetery where place of some of St. Albert’s first residents were buried.

To learn more about the Father Lacombe Chapel Provincial Historic Sites see the Alberta Culture and Tourism Museums and Historic Sites page. You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Celebrate Ukrainian heritage at this year’s Ukrainian Day!

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Celebrate with UCHV: It’s a big party and you’re invited!

On Sunday, August 13, it’s all about celebrating Canada’s 150th at this year’s annual Ukrainian Day special event at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Whether you are celebrating your family’s history or Canada’s cultural diversity, you are invited to attend Ukrainian Day! Ukrainian Day is co-hosted with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council (UCC-APC).

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