There’s always something going on in Alberta! Here is an overview of activities happening over the weekend and next week. Here’s a brief overview but scroll down for more information:
- Turner Valley Gas Plant – weekend tours
- Victoria Settlement – Frontier Christmas
- Rutherford House – Historic Festival and Doors Open
- Calgary Stampede–culture meets pancakes at annual Premier’s Pancake Breakfast
1. Historic Turner Valley – It’s a gas…gas…gas
See the birthplace of Alberta’s oil and gas industry! Beginning July 5 and running throughout the summer, the Turner Valley Gas Plant will be open for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The site will also be open to visitors on Heritage Day and Labour Day Mondays and for Alberta Culture Days, Friday, Sept. 26.
Visitors can explore Alberta’s first discovery well, the gasoline plant, scrubbing plant and compressor plant during the hour-long guided tour.
About a half-hour’s drive southwest of Calgary and a brief walk from downtown Turner Valley, the Turner Valley Gas Plant is the place that changed Alberta history. It was here on May 14, 1914, that the Dingman #1 well blew in and the stream of naphtha and wet gas that gushed from deep below fueled the development of a new industry.
Designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1989, the Turner Valley Gas Plant provides a fascinating look at how the oil and gas sector in Alberta came to be – at a time when a horse and buggy were still the vehicle of choice. What better time to see where it all began than during the plant’s centennial year?
From wildcat drilling with Archie Dingman, Stewart Herron and Marty Hovis to the development of the then state-of-the-art gas processing facility, the story of the Turner Valley Gas Plant is a story of the people – those who made it happen and those whose lives were changed because of it.
Where: Turner Valley Gas Plant, town of Turner Valley; 30 minutes southwest of Calgary.
Tour hours: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open on Heritage Day and Labour Day Mondays and for Alberta Culture Days, Friday 26.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 403-297-4043 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta)
2. Christmas in July? Victoria Settlement celebrates early
Even though it’s averaging 25 degrees outside, it’s beginning to feel a lot like a frontier Christmas! On July 6, the Victoria Settlement will give visitors a chance to celebrate Christmas in the 1860s. Start with a church service at 11:00 a.m. in the historic 1906 church then roll up your sleeves and help make traditional crafts like candle dipping, tree ornaments, yarn dolls and gingerbread decorating.
Hop on for a sleigh ride on the wagon, then enjoy a repast of tea and goodies served in the 150-year-old Clerk’s Quarters along with historic readings and demonstrations. Cap off the day with a visit from Father Christmas who comes bearing gifts!
Where: Victoria Settlement is located 10 kilometres south of Smoky Lake on Secondary Highway 855 and six kilometres east on the historic Victoria Trail. The settlement is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through to September 2.
Admission: $3 for adults, $8 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7-17), $1.50 for youth (ages 7-17) and $2 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-656-2333 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).
3. A Day in the Life: Historic Festival & Doors Open at Rutherford House
Ever wonder what it was like to live in the early 1900s? Wonder no more! From July 6-13, Rutherford House will be participating in the Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton event. Come hear the domestic help describe how they managed the everyday chores of running Rutherford House. There is a different activity for each day of the festival and it’s a great opportunity to explore the magnificent home of our province’s first premier and learn about our local history!
Schedule of Events
Monday – washing clothes the old fashion way
Tuesday – learning how to use a SAD iron
Wednesday – mending clothes; try it out.
Thursday – market day; learn about early local farmer’s markets and gardens from the early 1900s.
Friday – cleaning day; more challenging than expected with 4,000 square feet of living space
Saturday – baking day; try some freshly baked cookies.
Sunday – rest day; opportunity for some tea and a chat.
About the Festival
Presented by the Edmonton & District Historical Society, Historic Festival & Doors Open Edmonton encourages visitors to explore museums and historic sites, and participate in tours of heritage buildings, gardens, natural areas, cemeteries and neighbourhoods.
About Rutherford House
Owned and operated by Alberta Culture, Rutherford House was built in 1911 as the private home of Alexander Cameron Rutherford, Alberta’s first premier and his family. Rutherford House is located on the University of Alberta campus at 11153 Saskatchewan Drive.
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: University of Alberta campus at 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
Admission: is $4 for adults, $12 for a family (two adults and their children under 18), and $3 for youth (ages 7-17) and seniors. Children six and under are admitted free.
Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-427-3995 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta)
4. Pancakes Galore! Culture in Alberta kicks off in high gear to help launch Stampede
Calgary Stampede is one of the highlights of the Alberta summer festival season. It is a celebration of western hospitality, Canada’s largest rodeo and Albertan traditions that date back for more than a century. It is also a great opportunity to get a taste of Alberta’s vibrant and dynamic cultural scene as musicians, performers and artists turn up to entertain audiences and showcase their amazing talents.