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Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – 2017 National Finalist

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village near Edmonton on September 1, 2012. (Ryan Jackson / Ryan Jackson Photography / www.ryanjackson.ca

Become a time traveller and step back in time! History is brought to life at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, an open-air museum depicting early settlement in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Explore more than 35 restored historic buildings and visit with costumed role-players, who recreate the life of east central Alberta’s early Ukrainian pioneers. Make your experience complete with mouth-watering Ukrainian food.

Why is the story of Ukrainian immigration to Canada significant in east central Alberta? 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 established 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 Ukrainian population among all Canadian cities and Alberta has the largest population among all provinces.

This summer’s feature exhibit, Where We Came From, celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation by highlighting stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families, as understood and presented by the youngest generation of Albertans. See the best artwork submitted by Alberta students as they share their family history in a piece of artwork.

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 20 to September4). Admission is charged. Show your current Experience Alberta’s History pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card and get in free!

Special Events

Celebration of Spring – Monday, May 22 Join the excitement of opening weekend with one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas.

Vintage Day/Kalyna Voice – Sunday, June 25 Experience Alberta’s history by driving back in time with a special display of historic vehicles on Vintage Day and see tomorrow’s singing stars perform at the Kalyna Voice contest, co-presented with Kalyna Country Ecomuseum.

Ukrainian Day – Sunday, August 13 Celebrate the pioneer roots of Alberta’s Ukrainian community at this annual celebration of culture and heritage, proudly co-hosted with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council.

Friends’ Ukrainian Music Fest – Sunday, August 27 Experience a live concert blending traditional and contemporary Ukrainian-Canadian music at the 32nd annual Friends Ukrainian Music Fest.

Harvest of the Past – Sunday, September 10 Celebrate Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest to close the end of the UCHV summer season.

URL: www.ukrainianvillage.ca