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With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this Remembrance Day is especially significant for Canada. Following the successes with Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, Canadian soldiers earned a reputation for getting the job done. From August 8 to November 11, 1918, Canadian troops were positioned to advance the front line, and with a series of successes they were instrumental in ending the First World War. This three month period is historically known as “Canada’s Hundred Days.”
Although triumphant and impressive, Canada’s victories in the last 100 days came at great loss and sacrifice with more than 6,800 soldiers killed and approximately 39,000 wounded. By the end of the war, the country saw more than 650,000 men and women serve in uniform, with more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders dying, and 170,000 being wounded.
This Remembrance Day, join communities across Canada to honour our fallen and the sacrifices our soldiers throughout history have made for peace and freedom during Veterans’ Week. Here are some of the Remembrance Day activities in Alberta where you can honour and learn more about our military heroes of the Great War.
Alberta & the Great War exhibit in St. Albert
Musée Héritage Museum
October 30 to January 13, 2019 — Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Created by the Provincial Archives of Alberta, this exhibition commemorates the centennial anniversary of the First World War and is dedicated to how the war affected Albertans on all fronts. The exhibition includes artifacts to bring the text to life, demonstrating how this earth-shattering global event affected St. Albert, the province and the country.
Visit the Rutherford House to reflect on the Canadian soldiers who gave their all during the Great War, and honour their sacrifice and bravery through letters, poetry, and songs from the Front. Try some soldier’s food. Learn how they felt through poetry and music. Discover mascots like Winnie the bear and Lestock the coyote. Hold an actual Lee-Enfield rifle.
Wounded Canadian Soldier. September 1918. Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada
As part of the Remembrance Day commemorations, the Pehonan Theatre presents a special screening of the critically acclaimed film Passchendaele will take place in the Pehonan Theatre as part of the Thursday TBD series. Popcorn and juice will be provided, but you can bring your favourite movie snacks. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Register through Eventbrite or by contacting Visitor Services at 780.427.7362 or by email at email@example.com.
Last 100 days exhibit and Remembrance Day ceremony in Calgary
The Military Museums
Remembrance Day Ceremony — November 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon
Museum extended hours — until November 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 11 open following service at 10:30 a.m. with free admission
Visit the Last 100 Days exhibit to learn more about the major offensive attack by Canada and her allies to end the First World War. The museum’s commemoration of centennial of the armistice also includes several events: A Taste of the First World War November 2, a museum tour of Indigenous artifacts and theatre presentation on National Aboriginal Veterans Day November 8, and the Provincial Poppy Project where Albertans can paint a poppy as part of an outdoor art installation.
The Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will commemorate Armistice and the end of the First World War with an official ceremony and family activities. Gather on the south side of the Legislature for a 21 Gun salute at 11 a.m., and then head north to the Capital Plaza for exhibits, activities and a tribute ceremony. Albertans are also invited to ring the bells at 12:30 p.m. as part of a global project to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of bells that rung in celebration as news of the Armistice spread 100 years ago.
Attention military history buffs: check out the archival collections and exhibits in seven display cabinets throughout the building and at the Griesbach and Stone galleries. Located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, the former home of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, the museum exhibits follow the history of the regiment from the First World War to the present. Of special note for this centenary of Armistice Day, the museum features the bugle that signalled the end of the First World War at Mons.
With the goal that one day all Canadian soldier’s headstones are honoured with a poppy, the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation organizes Remembrance Ceremonies throughout the week prior to November 11 for students from junior high schools, soldiers, and other members of the community.
Ceremonies are open to the public, or you can volunteer and donate to the foundation.
Visit Veteran Affairs Canada for more Remembrance Day ceremonies and events held at communities across the province and the country, and follow #Canada100days and #CanadaRemembers on social media.
You can also read more about the war history in Alberta in upcoming posts on RETROactive.
Alberta Culture Days returns at the end of the month, and for lovers of Alberta’s history and heritage that means free admissions for the weekend!
From September 28 – 30, all provincial historic sites and museums that are open for the weekend are offering free admission and special programs to Albertans.* From art displays to crafts to new exhibits, Alberta Culture Days provide an excellent opportunity for Albertans to explore and discover a diverse range of activities and treasures throughout the province.
*some activities may have additional fees; check each site for details
Here’s what’s going on at Alberta’s provincial facilities at the end of September…
To kick off Culture Days, the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre is offering free admission to a special art exhibit, A Slow Light the whole weekend. On Saturday, check out the annual Harvest of Memory Gala dinner and dance, and the “M is for Music” concert happens on Sunday. For more information or tickets to the Harvest of Memory Gala, Harvest Festival tickets.
Jump on down to the annual Buffalo Harvest Days all weekend at Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump. Blackfoot guides will lead tours of the interpretive centre and visitors can participate in the Living off the Land artifact demonstrations. Learn more about their regalia and hear stories of the Plains People from the Elders. First Nations artists will demonstrate their skills, as well as display and sell their artwork and handcrafted artisan goods. And to complete the experience, buffalo-themed culinary treats will be available in the cafeteria.
Enjoy Culture Days at Lougheed House Provincial Historic Site. Each day, guided tours through the house are available, along with audio tours for those who wish to explore the house at their own pace. This weekend is also the last change to experience the exhibit “Formed by Sand”, which explores Calgary’s form identity as a “Sandstone City”. Its content explores the relationship between Calgary’s sandstone and Alberta’s oil sands from both a cultural and economic standpoint. It looks at the impact that both sandstone and oil have had on the history of Calgary and features the work of 14 Canadian artists as well as historic photographs and maps from the Glenbow Archives. As well, the Backpack program is available for visitors to enjoy the House’s gardens and public park space (weather permitting).
Stop by the Oil Sands Discovery Centre to learn about the past, present, and future of the Fort McMurray oil sands. On Saturday and Sunday, test your creative problem-solving skills with our special hands-on activity, A Culture of Innovation. For more than a century, the oil sands have challenged people to come up with innovative solutions to tough problems. How do you measure up? Can you solve our challenges using only the materials provided?
Take a Longer Look is the newest exhibit at the Provincial Archives, featuring panoramic images from across the province. Visit the exhibit and drop off a non-perishable food donation during Culture Days on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Remington Carriage Museum will transport visitors back to the wild west during this year’s Culture Days. Come learn about the art, poetry and music of the cowboy! Special guided tours will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily, sharing the stories of the cowboy on the trail in the days of horses and carriages. For more information, contact Robert Mein at 403-653-5139 ext. 225.
There is TONS to do at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum for Culture Days! Check out the current exhibit, The McLaughlin Story: 150 Years of Cars, Carriages and Canada Dry. After exploring the collection, there’s more to explore in the Farm House, Craft Station, or a white glove tour behind the scenes. And you can always cuddle up at the Starlight Drive-in with Canadian movie shorts from Heritage Minutes, National Film Board and more.
Discover the seven wonders of the badlands with a guided hike that takes you to ancient giants, rocks with stories to tell, and the mysterious popcorn rock! If fossils are your fancy, try the fossil casting workshop to make your own fossil replica or go on a 90-minute outdoor adventure to prospect for fossils. For families with young children, join a Science Educator as they bring a story of prehistoric creatures to life in our outdoor amphitheater or colour a dinosaur hat to make a take-home craft. These extra family-friendly activities will be offered throughout Alberta Culture Days. The full schedule of activities can be found on the Royal Tyrrell Museum website.
This year’s Alberta Culture Days brings a celebration of rhythm to the forefront at Rutherford House! Come and explore the idea of rhythm through art, literature, music and dance. Activities run throughout the entire weekend from noon to 4 p.m.
Be part of the provice wide party as Albertans come together to celebrate our local artists and arts organizations, our unique heritage and history and the diverse cultures that make up our province.
Alberta Culture Days is part of the National Culture Days movement, which includes communities from coast to coast, and is helping to increase awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
If you’re the kind of person who likes unique and interesting art, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Metal Art Show and Sale at Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin.
Running Saturday September 15 and Sunday September 16, the show features more than 50 guest artists, each one a master in creating stunning pieces of art from sterling silver, copper, aluminum and Damascus steel. See their creations and meet the minds behind these impressive pieces. Every piece is unique.
From stunning jewelry to custom knives, sculptures, chainmail, and more, this show has an unparalleled selection of pieces and prices; anyone can afford a gorgeous, singular work of metal art!
So come and enjoy this rare opportunity to see some amazing art, chat with the artists and learn about their passion. In this array of shining silver and magnificent metals, there’s sure to be something that will catch your eye.
And who knows, you too may be inspired to create!
While at the museum, visitors can also explore the feature exhibition The McLaughlin Story 150 Years of Carriages, Cars and Canada Dry, before the show closes on October 9, 2018, enjoy lunch in Cruisers Café, or find the perfect gift for an automotive, aviation or machine enthusiast in the Museum Store.
The Metal Art Show and Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is $13 for adults, $35 for a family (two adults and their children under the ages of 18), $11 for seniors and $9 for youth (age 7-17). Children six and under are admitted free.
Operated by Alberta Culture, the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is located at 6426 40 Ave. Wetaskiwin, two kilometres west of town on Highway 13. For more information, check out the Reynolds-Alberta Museum website , visit them on Facebook, or call 780-312-2065 (dial 1-800-661-4726 for toll-free access in Alberta).
What better way to close out summer and welcome fall than with a little Ukrainian heritage!
This weekend is your last chance to step back in time and check out the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village before it closes for the season! On Sunday, Sept.9, the annual Harvest of the Past event will help you explore Alberta’s agricultural roots through fun-filled, interactive activities. From field to table, learn new and old techniques on preparing for the fall.
Get close to the old-fashion action with our marquee late 1920s threshing bee where visitors can watch history come alive with a vintage threshing machine. Learn all about different grains and historic farming methods from our lively Farm Program Coordinator. Make sure you catch the horse-drawn wagons delivering grain to the Bellis Home Grain Elevator, a rare working elevator built in 1922.
Historic grains and gardens the pioneer way
Visit the costumed role-players and learn how to prepare for the fall with traditional techniques: from grinding wheat with a zhorna (flour mill), using a flail and winnow; braiding onions and garlic, to making kapusta (sour cabbage), drying flowers and herbs, canning and preserving. Be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and lend a hand!
We’ve got a zoo – a machinery petting zoo just for you
Visitors are invited to discover antique farm equipment used before 1930. What a difference to the comfort and style of today’s high tech, comfy combines. Make sure you grab a selfie or two at the zoo, where vintage era meets the digital age.
But wait, there’s more…so much more!
Harvest of the Past is great for the whole family, tall and small. Visit the animal petting zoo with cute and cuddly animals, pedal tractor race track, face painting and games that are sure to be a big hit with the kids! Get your toes tapping and hands clapping to the sounds of live music or watch some square dancing – swing your partner!
See the Ukrainian Village from the eyes of an artist
The Silska Domiwka (Red Barn) is a great place to gaze at over 80 original paintings presented by the Edmonton Art Club, Elk Island Art Club and the Leduc Art Club. See if you can pick out the many places and faces of the Ukrainian Village on canvas.
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, along with the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, is also proud to present Painting to Remember: A Collection of Works by Peter Shostak. This feature exhibit in the Visitor Centre showcases beautiful artwork form Peter’s private collection which captures the stories and memories of Ukrainian settlers across the Prairies.
Cheese making and preserves with the experts
Learn from the best as Chef Alan Roote and Chef Troy Lymburner from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will be demonstrating how to prepare Syrnyk, a sweet Ukrainian Easter cheese and canning and preserving methods which visitors can try at home.
Don’t leave the harvest hungry!
Support the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society by enjoying a hearty pancake breakfast and then try some delicious Ukrainian food for lunch. How about a splash of sour cream in your homemade borshch (beet soup) or if you have a larger appetite, a traditional Ukrainian plate with kovbasa (garlic sausage) and holubtsi (cabbage rolls) may fit the bill.
We hope to see you out at Harvest of the Past on Sept. 9! For more event information, please visit the UCHV website or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. Regular admission will apply.
What: Harvest of the Past at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
When: September 9, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, located 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16.
If you’re the kind of person who yearns to take to the open highways on two wheels, you won’t want to miss what’s on at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum this weekend. The annual Motorcycle Ride to Reynolds, presented by Honda Canada Inc. returns this Saturday, Aug. 18. All brands, dealership clubs, riding clubs, riding club members and owners from across the province are invited to join in for this day dedicated to the motorcycle. If you ride up on a motorcycle, you get in for free!
You won’t want to miss some of the exciting events taking place this year. Like what, you might ask? Well, how about Honda Canada’s surprise unveiling of a NEW Honda motorcycle model! Customers have been asking for a new model for years, and its going to be revealed at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum! Once you’re done checking that out, be sure to grab a selfie hanging upside down on Honda’s special moto-cross display bike.
Want to test drive a new Harley Davidson? Heritage Harley Davidson offers test rides with the “Test Our Metal Demo Ride Experience.” Register the day of the event at the test ride semi-trailer.
And of course, you’ll want to see the amazing demonstrations being put on by organizers and sponsors, like the famous monkey bikes by the Edmonton Shriners Motor Corp Unit, trail riding by the Moto Trials Group of Alberta and a motorcycle slow race by the Alberta Motorcycle Safety Society.
Check out the vintage motorcycles from the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, and then stop by the City of Wetaskiwin booth to see what else is happening in Wetaskiwin, or learn the ins and outs of driving a Model T!
So come and hang around, check out the bikes, grab a bite to eat and listen to live music by Dead End Drive. It will be a great day!
Don’t forget, all those riding in on a motorcycle receive free admission. Special allocated parking is provided.
Owned and operated by Alberta Culture and Tourism, the Reynolds-Alberta Museum is located two kilometres west of Wetaskiwin on Highway 13 (6426 – 40 Avenue) and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for youth ages 7 to 17, $35 for families (two adults and their children ages 7 to 17) and $11 for seniors. Children six and under are admitted free.
For more information visit ReynoldsMuseum.ca or call 780-312-2065 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).