Tasty food, bears, berries and more this weekend!

There’s never a shortage of activities in the summer at our provincial historic sites and museums. In fact, there’s almost TOO much fun happening and we think it’s time for you to get in on it:

Bears and berries and burgers, oh my!

Bears and Berries

Join Fort George and Buckingham House Saturday, July 16 for a day filled with delicious treats and family activities for the annual Bears and Berries event. Why “Bears and Berries” you ask? (Spoiler alert: it’s not because bears are at the event).

Located in the beautiful scenery of rural Alberta, bears and berries are common in this area, so we are taking the time to celebrate both!

The event kicks off at noon with scrumptious hamburgers and Saskatoon pie. Following the meal will be tons of family activities until 4 p.m.

  • Teddy bear T-shirt making,
  • Face painting
  • Teddy bear picnic
  • Fun craft: Plaster handprint/paw print station where children can compare their hand size to that of a bear’s!

Once your bellies are full and the children have had their fill of activity, enjoy a tour of the site (available all day until 5 p.m.) and learn about these historic fur trade posts. Complete your visit with a stroll down the interpretive path to the archaeological site of the two forts. The view will take your breath away!

Fort George and Buckingham House Historic Site is located 13 kilometres southeast of Elk Point on Secondary Highway 646. Follow the signs! Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for youth, $14.00 family, and free for ages six and under. For more information, visit the website or call 780-724-2611 (dial 310-000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

Historical food fair in full swing


On Sunday, July 17 you’re invited to step back in time for a taste of history at the Father Lacombe Chapel’s Taste of the Past event.

Between noon and 4 p.m. you can savour historical foods like tourtière, corn muffins, fried blueberries, home-made ice cream and many other delicious treats! Sit in the shade and enjoy the view or take a walk with one of the interpreters to discover more about St. Albert’s history through tours of Mission Hill.

Father Lacombe Chapel was built by Father Albert Lacombe and local Métis in 1861. The site gave rise to the St. Albert Mission, the religious and cultural centre of French-speaking and Métis communities in the area and formed the heart of the present day city of St. Albert.

Father Lacombe Chapel is located adjacent to St. Albert Catholic Parish (7 St. Vital Avenue), just off St. Albert Trail. Admission is by donation to the St. Albert Food Bank. For more information visit the website or call 780-459-7663 (dial 310-000 for toll free access within Alberta).

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