If you’re looking for something to do for the entire family to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, embark on an Alberta adventure to one of our family-friendly, fun and affordable provincial historic sites, museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, enjoy hands-on activities and take in the gorgeous Alberta scenery.
While most of our heritage facilities will be open for regular programming on July 1 (read a brief overview of each site and what they offer here), visitors are welcome to check out some of the special Canada Day programming at the sites below.
*Please note, admission fees apply
Father Lacombe Chapel — St. Albert
July 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the view from the top of Mission Hill and celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with the “Oh, Canada!” event. Throughout the day, take part in crafts for all ages, a scavenger hunt and tours — in English or French — of the 1861 chapel (Alberta’s oldest building) and grounds. Admission is by donations. We hope to see you there! You can also connect with Father Lacombe Chapel on Facebook to see their activities throughout the summer.
Historic Dunvegan — near Fairview
July 1, noon to 4 p.m. and July 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Alberta is founded on the history of our First Nations. The places and memories of the days when missionaries arrived and encountered Alberta’s first peoples can be found all over Alberta, and Historic Dunvegan is a great example or that bygone era. Canada’s 150th anniversary is extra special for this site as 2017 also marks 150 years since Dunvegan’s own St. Charles Catholic Mission was founded. To celebrate, explore Dunvegan’s four, fully-restored historic buildings, play games, learn a craft and enjoy family fun for all. Connect with Historic Dunvegan on Facebook for more information about summer events.
Provincial Archives of Alberta – Edmonton
July 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Celebrate with the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) in the opening of its newest exhibit, 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever. This exhibit highlights some of the many Canadian firsts accomplished by Albertans and truly showcases our diversity as a province and fosters a sense of national pride. As Canadians across the country celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday, it’s the perfect time to reconnect with our own provincial history and showcase Alberta innovation and ingenuity. The exhibit is free and open to the public from July 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018. Find the PAA on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about their 50th anniversary activities this year and to see interesting records from their vaults.
Remington Carriage Museum – Cardston
July 1 beginning at 1 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. Celebrate Canada Day by taking a guided tour in the museum’s new The McLaughlin Story exhibition or participate in a themed activity. Have fun in Party in the Park with lots of family activities and consider staying for the spectacular evening fireworks display. The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until the evening fireworks display. Stay connected with them on Facebook all year-round.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum – Wetaskiwin
July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
This international award-winning museum is all about celebrating the Spirit of the Machine. Explore the museum’s latest exhibition, The McLaughlin Story, (a joint exhibition with the Remington Carriage Museum) to learn about this family of risk takers who shaped Canada’s transportation industry. Take a staff-lead White Glove tour behind the barriers to get up close and personal with select vintage vehicles. Enjoy family fun with interactive games, toys, films and facility tours.
You can also take a tour of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum grounds in a chauffeur-driven vintage vehicle or hop aboard an open cockpit bi-plane for an adventure over Wetaskiwin. The popular band River Jacks will be performing on the Museum grounds at 9 p.m., followed by the traditional Canada Day fireworks.
Rutherford House – Edmonton
July 1, noon to 4 p.m.
Tucked inside the University of Alberta campus is the home of Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. This post-Edwardian style building and the beautiful surrounding gardens have been restored to their former glory for you to enjoy. Join Rutherford House for a Dominion Day picnic! Bring your lunch, and we’ll supply the blankets, 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. You can also find Rutherford House on Facebook to stay in the know about upcoming events and activities.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village — 25 minutes east of Edmonton
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. This Canada Day, check out this outdoor living museum to see feature exhibit, Where We Came From, that highlights stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families, as understood and presented by the youngest generation of Albertans. See the best artwork submitted by Alberta students as they share their family history in a piece of artwork. While you’re there, explore more than 35 historical buildings and sample tasty Ukrainian cuisine! Stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on programs and events throughout the summer. Whatever you choose, have a safe and happy Canada Day!
Alberta Legislature — Edmonton
June 21 to June 30
Kick off your summer in style with the Canada 150 Countdown at the Alberta Legislature! To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Legislative Assembly will extend celebrations to feature 10 days of entertainment from June 21 until June 30. Visit assembly.ab.ca for more detailed information above events each day.
Celebrate Canada Day across the country
There are a number of activities taking place across the country in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Check out the official Canada 150 website for more information on how you can celebrate.