Open Farm Days is close. Really close.
Open Farm Days (OFD), for the uninitiated types, is a celebration of everything rural Alberta has to offer. On August 19 and 20, farms and ranches across the province will open their doors to offer visitors a range of experiences, including culinary events, tours and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
If you’ve participated in OFD before, then you know the score. However, a primer for first-timers and a refresher are in order. With that, let’s review some tips and highlights to ensure your Open Farm Days journey is fun and memorable.
It’s #TrailsTuesday! This week, we take a look at one of Alberta’s newest trails, cutting through the rocky mountains between Goat Creek Trailhead to Elk point on the B.C. border. Its 80 km of beautiful scenery and part of Alberta’s portion of The Great Trail. Want to get more connected to nature this year? You’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to do it. Continue reading
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
It’s Tourism Week – so what are you still doing inside? Get out there and explore everything Alberta has to offer!
Tourism Week (May 28 to June 3) is a friendly reminder for Albertans, and visitors to Alberta, to celebrate and enjoy the province’s many tourism destinations and attractions – schedules permitting of course.
Some Alberta destinations and attractions are already well known across Canada and internationally – like the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the province’s national parks and the Alberta Resorts region set records highs for visitation and occupancy, respectively, in 2016. With free admission to all national parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, these numbers are expected to climb higher still.
You don’t have to dig to find something awesome to do in Alberta. After all, our province has many stories to tell and plenty of natural wonders to explore thanks to our network of 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and archives.
In honour of International Museum Day, we wanted to share with you a few reasons why we love our heritage facilities (and why you should love them too).
Are you into dinosaurs? Vintage vehicles? Tasty Ukrainian cuisine? Alberta history, artifacts and records? We could seriously keep going because we have it all! Our heritage facilities cover a wide range of topics and interests; to find something that intrigues you, check out this complete directory of facilities, locations and event information to help plan your next adventure.
Join hundreds of thousands of visitors this summer in exploring 20 provincially-owned historic sites, museums and archives for an affordable Alberta adventure.
Whether you’re looking to get away, plan a unique date night, or take the entire family on an affordable day trip, our heritage facilities have an adventure waiting for you. For a glimpse of what you can do at each site this summer, check out the details below; you can get more detailed programming and event information by clicking on each site’s individual webpage and special events sections.
Looking for a grand adventure? Consider buying an Experience Alberta’s History Pass to receive unlimited admission to all operating historic sites and museums for one full year from the date of purchase. This pass is an awesome option for people who plan to visit one facility multiple times, or several facilities any number of times.
Find our sites on social media to stay in touch and share your visit experience. We hope to see you out this summer!
While Alberta has long celebrated its status as a rat-free province, the recruitment drive is on for country mice.
The country mice collective of farmers, ranchers and ag-operators is being called on to act as hosts for this year’s Open Farm Days, which runs from Aug. 19-20. Together, they’ll help welcome and educate their city mice counterparts on everything rural Alberta has to offer.
Have fun and enjoy special events and free admission this Family Day weekend at provincial museums, historic sites, archives and parks.
September 27 is World Tourism Day and this year’s theme is “Promoting Universal Accessibility”. As there is so much to see and do in Alberta, this is a great opportunity to highlight efforts to make tourism through our beautiful province more accessible. Continue reading
Anticipation is already building for the Tour of Alberta, Canada’s first and highest-ranked professional road cycling stage race coming September 1 to 5. The spectacular race is the core event, but after the last rider passes and the dust begins to settle, what do you do with your excitement and newfound cycling inspiration?