Make it Culture for Canada Day: Part 2

But wait, there’s more! The following historic sites and museums are also open on Canada Day.

Canada Day - Stephansson House

Photo: Historic interpreters at Stephansson House

Remington Carriage Museum
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Remington Carriage Museum is the largest museum of horse drawn vehicles in the world, its collection numbering over 300 carriages, buggies, wagons and sleighsVisitors can visit the carriage factory, “shop” for a new model at the carriage dealer or check out the blacksmith shop and livery stable. The museum’s herd of Clydesdales, Quarter Horses and Canadians are a major attraction. Carriage rides are available during the summer, weather permitting.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What was it like to be in the coal mining town of Frank before, during and after the enormous rock avalanche of 1903? You can learn why Turtle Mountain fell, hear the stories of survivors and see why another rockslide is sure to come someday. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre combines the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass with the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies. Explore the new exhibit, Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience highlighting the 1914 Hillcrest Mine Disaster, also in the Crowsnest Pass.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where the foothills of the Rockies meet the Great Plains, you’ll find one of the world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps. Head-Smashed-In, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an archaeological treasure known around the world for its remarkable testimony to the life and ingenuity of the Plains People, who used it continuously for nearly 6,000 years.

Royal Tyrrell Museum
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to palaeontology, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is Alberta’s internationally renowned jewel where prehistory comes to life all around you. See one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs and check out a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs focusing on Alberta’s rich fossil heritage.

Stephansson House
Open Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stephan G. Stephansson was born in Iceland, and brought his family to Alberta to homestead. He farmed by day and wrote poetry by night. He is now considered as one of the greatest poets in the western world – the Poet of the Rocky Mountains. Costumed guides provide interpretive programs and house tours. Experience wool spinning, baking, household chores or a more leisurely poetry reading, all as they happened in the 1920s.

Photo: Child plays with traditional toy at Historic Dunvegan

Photo: Child plays with traditional toy at Historic Dunvegan

Fort George and Buckingham House
Open Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The historic location of two competing fur trade posts, Fort George and Buckingham House presents Alberta’s earliest fur trade history. Modern technology in the gallery conjures the dreams of Louis, the voyageur, the vision of William Tomison, Chief Factor of Buckingham House, and the Aboriginal “Country Wife”, who played a vital role as a link between cultures. Take the interpretive path to the archaeological site of the two forts. The view will take your breath away.

Victoria Settlement
Open Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A once bustling community that suddenly declined and all but vanished, Victoria Settlement is a hidden historical gem on the North Saskatchewan River along the Victoria Trail. Let costumed interpreters show you inside the 1864 Hudson’s Bay Company Clerk’s Quarters or the 1906 Methodist Church or walk the trails to a tranquil spot beside the river.

Rutherford House
Open Tuesday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, and his family. This fully restored Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided house tours and magnificent gardens.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Open Tuesday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The closest you can get to Alberta’s energy hot spot without boots and a hard hat! The Oil Sands Discovery Centre lets you discover the history, science, and technology of the world’s biggest single oil deposit – the Athabasca Oil Sands.

Vintage Day - Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Vintage Day – Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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