A President’s Pilgrimage

Left to right: Benedikt Atli Jónsson, Stefanía Óskarsdóttir, Friðrik Jónsson, Jón Atli Benediktsson

A few weeks ago, Stephansson House Provincial Historic Site had an interesting visitor: The President of the University of Iceland, Jón Atli Benediktsson. On holiday in Alberta with his wife and two sons, President Benediktsson stopped by the popular historic site for personal, as well as professional, reasons. Continue reading

History Road hits Reynolds-Alberta Museum, June 9 & 10!

History Road: the Ultimate Car Show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by supporting the Wetaskiwin Food Bank and you’re invited to celebrate!

On June 9 and 10,  the popular car show will fill the Reynolds-Alberta Museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All attendees are asked to please bring a non-perishable food item this year to help stuff a car for the food back. We can do it!

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6 Reasons to Fall in Love with Culture and Tourism

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching tomorrow, love is certainly in the air.

Here at Alberta Culture and Tourism, we love what we do! From tourism, recreation, museums and the arts to heritage, film, the Francophone Secretariat and sport, we have it all.

We want you to know that we are here for you and all Albertans — so, this Valentine’s Day here are our top reasons to fall in love with our ministry and some of the programs and services we offer: Continue reading

From carpentry to tourism: entrepreneur builds a dream



Nestled in a coniferous forest, along the banks of the Bow River in the traditional lands of the Blackfoot, rests Tipi accommodations and the River Ranche Lodge. It’s where Dion Red Gun and his wife Cherylene Bullbear created the business of their dreams, River Ranche Tourism.

Here in the peaceful and serene territory, visitors can learn about the outdoors and the Blackfoot culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the fly fishing, kayaking, birding and cross country skiing excursions. Those seeking cultural experiences will learn from Siksika Elders who share their knowledge of healing and wellness. Through the Majorville Medicine Wheel Journey through Siksika lands, Elders and members share the interpretation of the stones, dances, stories of the dancing regalia, and significant sites important to the Siksika. Sweat lodge experiences are also available upon request.

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Come out and play!

Tired of the concrete urban jungle, or the often hectic demands of life day to day? Fortunately for Albertans, the province’s two largest cities have beautiful river valleys to explore. Chris Szydlowski understood the value of that idea and started a tourism business to help urban dwellers come out and play.

In our final post celebrating Small Business Week and the many tourism businesses who are shaping tourism in Alberta, we Segway into a look at River Valley Adventure Co. 

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