Located only 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Hwy 16, Alberta Canada
Directions: 25 minutes or 50 km (30 miles) east of Edmonton on Highway 16, just 3 km (1.8 miles) east of Elk Island National Park
Phone Number: (780) 662-3640
The first Ukrainian settlement in Canada was established northeast of Edmonton during the years 1892-1894, north of present-day Lamont. Between 1892 and 1930, Ukrainian immigrants would establish other bloc settlements (or colonies) in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. None was larger, however, than the Ukrainian bloc settlement in east central Alberta. Today, Edmonton has the largest population among all Canadian cities and Alberta has the largest population among all provinces.
Witness this vibrant history come alive at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air living history museum where costumed role-players recreate the life of east central Alberta’s early Ukrainian pioneers. Step back in time to 1892-1930 and hear real stories of triumphs and hardships in Canada’s oldest settlement of Ukrainian pioneers. Explore more than 35 historic structures by foot or hop on a free horse-drawn wagon. Make your experience complete with mouth-watering Ukrainian food.
This summer’s feature exhibit – Where We Came From –celebrates the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada by highlighting stories and experiences of Ukrainian-Canadian families, as understood and presented by the youngest generation of Albertans. See the best artwork submitted Alberta students as they share their family history in a piece of artwork.
Visit the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on a special event and experience additional activities for the entire family to enjoy:
• Celebration of Spring – Monday, May 21, 2018
Join the excitement of opening weekend with one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas.
• Vintage Day/Friends’ Ukrainian Music Fest / Kalyna Voice – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Experience Alberta’s history by driving back in time with a special display of historic vehicles on Vintage Day. See the best young singers from across Alberta perform their favourite vintage song (pre-1970) in the Kalyna Voice singing competition, co-hosted by Kalyna Country Ecomuseum.
Experience a live concert blending traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music at the 33rd annual Music Fest presented by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society.
Bring a lawn chair and spend the afternoon with Steven Chwok of CFCW’s Zabava Program and Alberta’s most popular bands and musicians.
• Ukrainian Day – Sunday, August 19, 2018
Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada at Ukrainian Day 2016. Witness history come alive as Alberta’s vibrant Ukrainian community commemorates the arrival of the first Ukrainians to Canada. Enjoy an afternoon concert, the historical village, children’s activities, village market and the Ukrainian Village Food Festival. Co-hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council.
• Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival – Sunday, September 9, 2018
Celebrate Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest. See the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village one last time and witness an old-fashioned threshing bee complete with vintage farm equipment and grain deliveries to the historic elevator. The Harvest Food Festival offers a unique culinary experience for visitors to experience favourite fall foods from the region.
Operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is located 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 16 (just 3 km east of Elk Island National Park). Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., from Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day (May 21 to September 5). Admission is charged. Show your current Experience Alberta’s History pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card and get in free!
To learn more please visit http://www.ukrainianvillage.ca or call 780-662-3640 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta)