August Long Weekend: Upcoming Events and a new Culture website!

We are nearly halfway through summer and there is obviously lots to see and do throughout the province. Don’t forget that you can find and keep track of events through the Alberta Culture Calendar and the iOS app. Head out and enjoy the great weather and all that our province has to offer!

1. Energy Heritage Resources

Energy Heritage Resource BannerLast week, Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk announced the launch of the Alberta Energy Heritage Resources website. Information on the new website can be found at RETROActive: Alberta’s Historic Places blog. Take a moment to also explore RetroActive and browse through the extensive, well-informed and detailed posts written by Alberta’s Historic Places Stewardship Section historians and learn more about the heritage of the province.

2. Frank Slide Interpretive Centre Celebrates Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival

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From July 30 to August 4, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is proud to celebrate the 9th annual Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival. The Crowsnest Pass offers numerous events highlighting the history of the region, celebrating culture and exploring the natural beauty of the area. Programming includes a country market, street festival, culinary festival, garden/cemetery/walking/heritage building tours and more.

The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will continue to highlight the 100th anniversary of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. Special presentations, audio-visuals and guided bus/walking tours will be offered and visitors can view the new innovative exhibit, Voices of Disaster: The Hillcrest Experience and Mad Science presentations.

The Details

When: Wednesday, July 30 to Monday, August 4. See Schedule of Events for specific details.

Where: Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, located 1.5 kilometres off Highway 3 in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass. There are other exhibits throughout the Crowsnest Pass area; please refer to the schedule of events for details.

Need more info? Visit the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre website, the Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival website or call 403-562-7388 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

3. Fresh Air Market at Historic Dunvegan

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Once a fur trading fort, Historic Dunvegan continues to pay homage to the proud history of trading and gathering with the annual Fresh Air Market. On Sunday, August 3, visitors will have the chance to experience a taste of what trading and bartering would have been like a century ago. Come by and join a tour to explore the four fully-restored historic buildings or shop among the local vendors for unique crafts, gifts and homemade products from the Peace Country.

Activities and crafts for children make this a family-friendly way to spend the day. The visitor centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 3 and offers guided tours, self-guided walks, a gallery, a film presentation and a gift shop featuring locally made products. An adjacent provincial campground offers 67 campsites and a large day use/picnic area with a playground and horseshoe pits.

Historic Dunvegan was established as a fur trade fort in 1805 and has been home to the Dunne-Za First Nations, the North West Company, Hudson’s Bay Company as well as Catholic and Anglican missions.

The Details

When: Sunday, August 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Dunvegan, nestled in the Peace River Valley 26 kilometres south of Fairview on Highway 2.

Admission: to the market is free; admission to the site is $3 for adults, $8 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7-17), $2 for seniors and $1.50 for youth (ages 7-17). Children six and under are admitted free. Add campground info?

Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-835-7150 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta)

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