Celebrate Canada Day at Alberta’s historic sites and museums

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If you’re looking for something different on Canada Day, why not take a mini-staycation to one of Alberta’s  family-friendly, authentic provincial historic sites, museums and archives? You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, enjoy hands-on activities and take in the gorgeous Alberta scenery.

Check out what the sites have in store, for Canada Day and every day this summer!

1. Alberta Legislature

Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature– Friday July 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Canada Day at the Legislature is a celebration that honours Alberta’s history and diversity through entertainment and activities for all ages. There will be four main performance areas featuring some of the best local Alberta talent in music and dance. There will also be roving performers and interesting exhibits to enjoy throughout the Legislature Grounds, the Capital Plaza and in the Edmonton Federal Building

2. Historic Dunvegan

DunveganCanada Day Celebrations – Friday, July 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Everyone is getting excited for this year’s summer Olympics, but what if those Olympics were taking place during the fur trade? Visit Dunvegan’s site for a day of competing in old fashioned activities, crafting your very own torch, solving historic riddles, and joining together to play an epic game of capture the flag: North West Company versus the Hudson’s Bay. Win a treat, trade for a treat, and finish the day with a piece of cake after the closing ceremonies featuring the short play “Torch Talk” and the singing of our national anthem.

3. Father Lacombe Chapel

Father LacombeOh Canada! – Friday, July 1, noon. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate “Oh Canada!” on Mission Hill with Father Lacombe Chapel and the City of St. Albert. Interpreters are busy getting ready for our nation’s 149th Birthday! Tours will be offered every half hour. There is face painting and crafts for the kids, homemade ice cream and lemonade as well. Families are invited to listen to a classic French Canadian story or try the scavenger hunt to discover more about Alberta’s historic Father Lacombe Chapel! Admission is by donation. We hope to see you there!

4. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

UCHV2Open Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Renowned for its commitment to authenticity, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village marks Canada Day – sorry, Dominion Day – with a school lesson on the importance of the holiday, a brief history of Confederation, and the importance of citizenship. Kids can make festive paper chains and draw and colour their own Union Jack while absorbing a lesson on Canada’s pre-maple leaf flag.

5. Reynolds-Alberta Museum

ReynoldsOpen Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum grounds in a chauffeur-driven vintage vehicle, hop aboard an open cockpit bi-plane for an adventure over Wetaskiwin, or take a White Glove Tour!  Enjoy a display of approximately 80 vintage cars presented by the Edmonton Antique Car Club or take in the museum’s new summer display — Honda Motorcycles of the ‘50s & ‘60s that debuts on  Canada Day!  This is your chance to see rare and one-of-a-kind Honda Motorcycles including more than 40 bikes from 1953 to 1969.

6. Remington Carriage Museum

RemingtonOpen Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drop in to see the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles in North America at the Remington Carriage Museum! With more than 300 carriages, buggies, wagons and sleighs, you witness first-hand the automotive evolution. Come see the story of Sea Biscuit and George Woolf. Learn the stories of the pioneers that came to farm the prairie. Visit the Restoration Shop as they bring old wagons and carriages back to life. Visit the “engines” – the museum’s marvellous herd of Percherons Canadians and Quarter Horses. Carriage rides are available, weather permitting

7. Frank Slide Interpretive Centre

FSICOpen Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Breathtaking mountain beauty and a disaster beyond belief – explore both at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. Hike through the rocks of the 1903 Frank Slide for an up-close look at the destructive power of nature. Enjoy two award-winning presentations in the high definition theatre: “On the Edge of Destruction,” a powerful recreation of the night Turtle Mountain came down, and “In the Mountain’s Shadow,” a visually stunning history of the spectacular Crowsnest Pass.

8. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

HSIBJOpen Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A thousand years before the Egyptians built the great pyramids, the Plains People invented the greatest food gathering system ever known. Head-Smashed-In, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an archaeological treasure known around the world for its remarkable testimony to the ingenuity of the Plains People, who used it for nearly 6,000 years.

9. Royal Tyrrell Museum

TyrrellOpen Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Everyone loves our Alberta jewel, the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to palaeontology is a hotbed of scientific discovery and a fun place to meet prehistoric creatures face to face. Explore the newly opened Foundations exhibit that introduces visitors to the key themes and ideas that are central tenets to the science of palaeontology.

10. Stephansson House

Stephansson HouseOpen Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Stephan G. Stephansson brought his family from their native Iceland in 1889 to an Alberta homestead. Stephansson became the Poet of the Rocky Mountains and one of the greatest poets in the western world. Come celebrate the 1927 Diamond Jubilee of Canada’s Confederation with the spirit of Stephansson — listen to “Maple Leaf Forever” and recitations of his poem “Canada.” Enjoy rhubarb lemonade and make some Canada Day inspired crafts for the kids!

11. Fort George and Buckingham House

FGBHOpen Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Born in the midst of a bitter rivalry that lasted nearly half a century, two fur trade posts, Fort George and Buckingham House, arose on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River in the early 1790s. Discover the original sites of the now-vanished posts, and meet, through modern technology in the interpretive centre, three personalities of the fur trade: Louis, the voyageur, William Tomison, Chief Factor of Buckingham House, and the Aboriginal “Country Wife”, a vital link between cultures.

12. Victoria Settlement

Victoria SettlementOpen Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Once a bustling Métis community, with a mission, a trading post and farms stretching six miles along the river, Victoria Settlement suddenly declined and all but disappeared. Explore the restored 1864 Hudson’s Bay Company Clerk’s Quarters and the 1906 Methodist Church, and let the past suffuse your imagination.

 

 

13. Rutherford House

RutherfordOpen Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Amid the steel and concrete of the University of Alberta campus you’ll find a gracious Edwardian oasis at Rutherford House —  home of Alberta’s first premier Alexander Cameron Rutherford and his family, Join them for a Dominion Day picnic! You bring your lunch, and Rutherford House will supply the iced tea and cookies while you try your hand at croquet (come rain or shine!).  Enjoy Rutherford House’s tradition of hospitality and rest in the tranquil surroundings of the trees, garden and restored red brick mansion.

14. Oil Sands Discovery Centre

OSDCOpen Friday, July 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alberta is home to the world’s biggest single oil deposit, the Athabasca Oil Sands. What are the oil sands exactly? How do you get the oil out of the sand? Head to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre for a fun-filled crash course in the history, science, and technology of the oil sands.

Whatever you choose, have a fantastic Canada Day!

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