Ukrainian Cultural Heritage VillageDid you know that east central Alberta was once home to the largest settlement of Ukrainians pioneers in Canada? Come travel back through time and visit Alberta’s premier Ukrainian-themed attraction. This unique open air living history museum tells the story of Ukrainian settlement in east central Alberta from 1892-1930 and invites visitors to see history come to life with costumed role-players portraying real characters from the region. Explore over 30 historic buildings restored to their original condition including three churches of Eastern Byzantine Rite. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, eat authentic Ukrainian food, or purchase handicrafts from local artisans and specialty items from the museum store maintained by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is located only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16, and situated just east of Elk Island National Park. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is open to the public from the Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day in September. Numerous special events take place during the summer season, including:
• Celebration of Dance (May)
• Vintage Day (June)
• Ukrainian Day (August)
• Friends Ukrainian Music Fest (August)
• Harvest of the Past & Taste of Heritage (early September)
Visitors can also experience the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in winter with a one day celebration on January 19, Iordan - Feast of Jordan. During the fall and winter, history is brought to life for students participating in curriculum-based school programs at this unique open air museum.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is part of Alberta’s provincial historic sites, interpretive centres and museums maintained and operated by the Government of Alberta.
To learn more about events and activities taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, please visit www.ukrainianvillage.ca.
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Boasting a wealth of cultural heritage, east central Alberta is laced with ancient aboriginal trails, dotted with former forts, and claims some of the earliest farmsteads established in Western Canada. In total there are over 50 museums and historic sites throughout the region with a variety of interesting collections all ages will enjoy. Historic mainstreets & historic murals are located throughtout communities across Kalyna Country.