Maybe you’ve imagined yourself as James Bond, evading a cascade of evil adversaries in an Aston Martin DB5, like Sean Connery in the 1964 movie, Goldfinger…or maybe you’ve imagined careening through the streets of New York with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters enroute to saving the city from ghouls in that custom 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor! What do these two movies have in common? Classic cars — something you can be part of at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum on July 22.
If you are between the ages of 15 and 25 and are interested in classic cars, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like to get behind the wheel of one. Well, look no further: The Hagerty Driving Experience at Reynolds-Alberta Museum takes place at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum July 22 from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers a rare opportunity for you to experience a classic car first-hand!
Looking for affordable family-friendly activities for this weekend? On Sunday, July 23, Rutherford House is hosting its annual Sunny Summer Fair and Father Lacombe Chapel offers a Taste of the Past.
Editor’s note: this is a long-form blog post; sit back and enjoy the read!
In the past, if you needed a photo, video or map for a project, you had to go to an institution that held that information and spend a considerable amount of time finding the records. Today, if you need material for an assignment or project, you go online and find what you need – usually in a matter of minutes.
Online content is ubiquitous in pretty much everything we see, read and study; however, sometimes you still need to go directly to the source to get the correct information and best quality media. In Alberta, that source is the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA).
If you’re someone who is inspired by Alberta’s amazing vistas and vast prairies, you might understand how Icelandic immigrant Stephan G. Stephansson – later known as the Klettafjallaskadið, or “the poet of the Rocky Mountains” if you don’t speak Icelandic – became one of Canada’s most prolific poets.
On Sunday, July 9, Stephansson House invites poetry-enthusiasts and aspiring-poets to visit and take part in a celebration of poetry.
Photo: Brandon Born @brandonborn
On Saturday, the nation-wide celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation reached its peak. One major initiative for Canada 150 is The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail), a project that is connecting every province and territory in the world’s largest recreation trail. To celebrate our love of trails, we’ll be sharing some stories over the next few weeks about trails and how they connect us in different ways. Continue reading
Do you know what you’re doing for Canada’s 150th? Historic Dunvegan provincial site (south of Fairview) is throwing a party and you’re invited!
From human rights to sports and politics to environmental protection, Albertans did it first.
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Provincial Archives of Alberta has put together a new exhibit full of Canadian firsts that were done by Albertans, titled, 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever.
Canada Day – or, Dominion Day – has a long and storied history. Originally, it celebrated the uniting the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire. This new territory was now called Canada through the British North America Act, proclaimed on July 1, 1867. Later, in 1982, the holiday was renamed Canada Day. Over the years, it has become a day for celebrating Canada and spending time with friends and family.
Rutherford House will be celebrating the day with hospitality, relaxation, and fun!
If you’re looking for something to do for the entire family to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, embark on an Alberta adventure to one of our family-friendly, fun and affordable provincial historic sites, museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, enjoy hands-on activities and take in the gorgeous Alberta scenery.
While most of our heritage facilities will be open for regular programming on July 1 (read a brief overview of each site and what they offer here), visitors are welcome to check out some of the special Canada Day programming at the sites below.
*Please note, admission fees apply
Miyomahchiowin means “in good health” in Cree. It also means employment opportunities for Alberta’s Indigenous youth in sport, recreation, health and physical activity through an innovative program led by Ever Active Schools. (Read the Evaluation Report)
The Miyomahchihowin project, which ran from August 2016 to March 2017, offered Indigenous urban youth the opportunity to gain high school credits, skills, training and qualifications in the sport and recreation sector. The goal of the pilot project is to provide Indigenous youth pathways to greater workforce participation and community building. The project is also an important step towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and supports the government’s vision to get more Albertans more active more often.