Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – 2018 National Finalist
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 Painting to Remember: A collection of works by Peter Shostak will be on view in our Visitor Centre. Throughout his career, Peter Shostak has painted to remember the stories and experiences of the early Ukrainian settlers across the Prairies. Containing a unique collection of his artwork, including two pieces being exhibited for the first time, visitors can experience the stores and memories captured by Peter in his paintings.
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 19 to September 3). Admission is charged. Show your current Experience Alberta’s History pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card and get in free!
2018 Special Events
Celebration of Spring – Mon. May 21 – Join the excitement of opening weekend with one of Alberta’s largest Ukrainian dance extravaganzas.
Vintage Day and the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest – Sun. June 24 – Drive back in time and enjoy a spectacular display of vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles. New this year, visitors will also experience the very best of Ukrainian-Canadian music with the addition of the Friends Ukrainian Music Fest.
Ukrainian Day – Sun. Aug. 19 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.
Harvest of the Past – Sun. Sept. 9 Celebrate Alberta’s agricultural roots with a traditional harvest to close the end of the UCHV summer season.