Two Hundred Years and a Penny Carnival

It’s going to be a busy weekend at the Alberta historic sites for August 23-24!

1. Celebrate Rendezvous 222 with Fort George and Buckingham House


Come celebrate Fort George and Buckingham House’s 222th birthday! Learn more about the site’s fur trading history and enjoy a variety of on-site activities. An open air market will feature local vendors selling a range of products from homemade baked goods to jewellery, and everything in between. Listen to local musical acts throughout the afternoon and play games such as stump tug-of-war and partners log sawing, to name a few.

An interpreter will demonstrate historically accurate methods of lighting fires – no matches allowed! Tours of the interpretive centre and the historic fort sites will be offered throughout the day. Make sure to grab a slice of birthday cake before you leave!

Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site helps visitors discover life in Alberta’s fur trade more than 200 years ago through multimedia exhibits on European, Aboriginal and Métis traders of the day. Visitors can also hike to the archaeological sites of the original forts.

The Details

When: Saturday, August 23 with birthday celebrations starting at 1:00p.m. Burgers are available from noon. The site is open at 10 a.m.

Where: Fort George and Buckingham House Historic Site, 13 kilometres southeast of Elk Point on Secondary Highway 646. Follow the signs and keep an eye out for yellow lady slippers and orange woodland lilies on your way in.

Admission: regular admission is $3 for adults, $8 for a family (two adults and their children ages 7-17), $1.50 for youths (ages 7-17) and $2 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free.

Need more info? Visit the website or call 780-724-2611 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta).


2. Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival at Stephansson House


On August 24, Stephansson House invites everyone to join the annual Harvest Fair and Penny Carnival for some fun and games. Local musicians will be performing and vendors will be selling a variety of products throughout the day. Kids can experience old-fashioned penny carnival games and crafts at the arts table.

Stephansson House is the historic homestead of Stephan G. Stephansson, an acclaimed Icelandic-Canadian pioneer and poet. Stephansson House offers a glimpse of 1920s rural family life, and fascinating insight into the life and work of a gifted and prolific writer, widely regarded as one of the major Icelandic poets of the 20th century.

The Details:

When: Sunday, August 24; the festival starts at 1:00 p.m. The site is open from noon to 5:00p.m.

Where: Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site is located seven kilometres north of Markerville, off secondary highways 781 and 592 (20 minutes south of Sylvan Lake, or 30 minutes southwest of Red Deer).

Admission: to the site is $3 for adults, $2 for youths (ages 7-17) and seniors, $8 for a family (two adults and children 7 to 17 years of age) and free for children under six, military personnel and their families, and Local Friends Member.

Need more info? Visit the website or call 403-728-3929 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

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