Dance, food, music and fun: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens for the summer!

One of our province’s greatest gems opens for the summer in just a few days (Monday, May 22) and you are invited to celebrate with them in an abundance of food, dance, music and family-friendly activities!


A drive 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16 will take you back in time to see the triumphs and hardships of Alberta’s Ukrainian pioneers. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) is an outdoor living history museum made up of more than 35 relocated and restored buildings and farmsteads that tell the story of Ukrainian pioneers who settled in east central Alberta between 1892-1930.

Opening event details: what is there to do?

Spoiler alert: A LOT. Visit the Village on Monday, 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. as it comes to life you for and your family to enjoy:

  • Enjoy a pancake breakfast — If you’re an early bird, drop by between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and fill your belly with a pancake breakfast. Proceeds from this meal support the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society and their projects that assist the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
  • Take in a traditional church service — At 10 a.m. drop in to the St. Nicholas Russo-Greek Orthodox Church to step back in time and experience a service in this church constructed in 1908 in the rural community of Kiew, Alberta.
  • Treat your palate to some tasty authentic Ukrainian cuisine — starts at 11 a.m. This is the first event for the newest Chef Cory Rakowski who will unveiling a new Ukrainian-inspired menu with traditional favourites. Imagine a splash of sour cream in your homemade borscht (you can’t ‘beet’ how good this soup is!). If you’re hungry, a traditional Ukrainian plate with kovbasa (garlic sausage) & pyrohy (perogies) with all the fixings; accompanied by a sunflower & cabbage slaw will surely satisfy. Trust us, your taste buds will thank us later.
  • Watch some incredible dancing — take in the beautiful sights of more than 300 talented Ukrainian dancers, including headliners Viter Ukrainian Dancers and participating dance schools from across the province.
  • The Village will be alive with the sound of music — enjoy the sounds of live musicians at the Courtyard Stage located at the Visitor Centre include catch Larry Begoray, New Melody Kings, Silver & Gold, Young at Heart Band and up and coming singers from Cooper Studios.
  • Try a “new” historical activity — walk the grounds and become immersed in history as costumed role-players undertake spring activities for visitors to see and participate in. Try your hand at washtub laundry at Alberta Provincial Police Post; school lessons; seeding and field work; see Morse Code in action from the volunteers of Morse Telegraphy Club who will demonstrate using a telegraph machine.
  • Watch a new exhibit be unveiled — Be there for the opening of the Village’s latest exhibit Where We Came From. The official opening takes place at noon. More information can be found below in the article.
  • Enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride throughout the day
  • Try Sportball —Looking for something specifically for the kids? Sportball Edmonton will be on deck at the opening to engage kids aged 12 and under in this collaborative sport activity.
  • Enjoy presentations and demonstrations by guest speakers throughout the afternoon in the Silska Domiwka (Red Barn) including:
    • Noon to 12:30 p.m. — Sheila Flint – Gardening Your Way to Health & Fitness
    • 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Maryann Borch – Basic Round Willow Basket (in three weave)
    • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. — Dionne Jennings – Spring Herbal Tonics-Revival of a Traditional Cultural Practice
    • 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Sheila Flint – Gardening Your Way to Health & Fitness
    • 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Maryann Borch – Basic Round Willow Basket (in three weaves )
    • 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. — Dionne Jennings – Spring Herbal Tonics-Revival of a Traditional Cultural Practice
  • Shop around — The Village Market will be the place to browse and buy a variety of unique items from tasty local culinary treats and home décor to jewellery, artwork and fun collectables,

Regular admission rates apply. For free admission, show your current Experience Alberta’s History pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership. Pets are not permitted on the grounds.

Visit the new exhibit

To help commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village starts its summer season with the opening of a new feature exhibit on Victoria Day.

Where We Came From is a youth art exhibit featuring a collection of 58 pieces of artwork that depicts Canadian stories of arriving in and building communities across Alberta, as viewed through the eyes of the youngest Albertans.


Artwork by Cort, 13 years old, whose family came by train from USA to Canada in 1906.

More than 350 pieces of art were received from students and the best examples were selected for each age category ranging from eight to 13-years-old.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from students last year, who shared personal insight into their family’s journey or settlement story,” says Pamela Trischuk, exhibit chair and Head of Education & Interpretation at the UCHV. “The artwork in many cases not only captured the physical journey to Canada, but illustrated examples of how cultural identity has been retained in the family today. Their stories of Where We Came From are both from long ago and from more recent times, where some students illustrated their own journey to make Alberta home.”

The artist recognition will begin at 11 a.m. on the Visitor Centre Courtyard Stage, followed by a sneak peak of the exhibit for artists and their family. The exhibit officially opens to the public at noon and will be displayed in the UCHV Visitor Centre until Sept. 4.

Stay connected online

UCHV_interpreterYou can stay in touch with the Village by visiting their Facebook page and Twitter account for up-to-date information about summer events or to share your experience visiting.

We hope to see you soon!


The Details

What: Celebration of Spring at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

When: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16.

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