From June 2 to 8, it will be even more affordable for Alberta’s seniors to learn from and enjoy the photographs, fossils, artifacts and stories that have shaped our province. In celebration of seniors in Alberta, we are providing free general admission to provincial historic sites and museums to anyone 65 years of age or older throughout Seniors’ Week.
Note: Free admission does not apply to tour groups; fees for special programming at facilities still apply. Hours for most sites are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit alberta.ca for full details on hours, accessibility and directions.
Days are getting longer, the weather’s getting warmer and with a long weekend ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to take a look at what provincial historic sites and museums have planned for 2019!
Seasonal sites are opening this week, and many have special events and experiences to immerse you in our history and heritage. Take a look to start planning your weekend road trips, and stay tuned for roundups of activities through the summer.
Lorna O’Brien doing prep work at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re featuring a few of the talented and brilliant women who are behind Alberta’s favourite museums and heritage sites. These women show girls it’s possible to follow their dreams in any field.
Meet Alison Freake, a conservator at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Alwynne Beaudoin, director of natural history at the Royal Alberta Museum, Lisa May, objects conservator at the Royal Alberta Museum and Lorna O’Brien, head technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.
March is Alberta Francophonie Month. Join in the month-long celebrations and don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the French language and cultures… which have been part of Alberta’s story for more than 200 years!
February 18 to 24, 2019 is Heritage Week in Canada. Heritage Week is about celebrating our history that lives in places, artifacts, language, traditions, arts, food and storytelling. There’s a wide range of things to do in Alberta to connect with and learn more about our shared heritage. If you can’t make it to historic sites on Family Day, here’s a taste of things to do for the rest of Heritage Week at Alberta’s historic sites and museums.
Dig for fossils, learn to snowshoe or build a balloon launcher. There’s something for everyone this Family Day on Monday, Feb. 18.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Whether you are six or 86, embark on an adventure with free or almost free activities at provincial parks, heritage sites or museums. Keep reading for “other events” from Gibbons and Morinville to Red Deer and Okotoks during the Family Day long weekend.
Get a taste of life as a pioneer at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Saturday, January 19 for Iordan – Feast of Jordan! This unique annual event is open to all. It’s a day of Ukrainian traditions such as a water blessing at an ice cross, burning of a didukh (a sheaf of grain), delicious food and free wagon rides. Continue reading →
With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this Remembrance Day is especially significant for Canada. Following the successes with Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, Canadian soldiers earned a reputation for getting the job done. From August 8 to November 11, 1918, Canadian troops were positioned to advance the front line, and with a series of successes they were instrumental in ending the First World War. This three month period is historically known as “Canada’s Hundred Days.”