As part of Stage 2 of Alberta's relaunch strategy, more provincial historic sites and museums are opening their doors. While the Royal Alberta Museum and Royal Tyrrell Museum are already back in business, these other facilities will provide plenty of summertime opportunity for Alberta residents to play tourist in their own province.
All sites have new, reduced capacity limits and distancing measures in place, as well as more access to hand sanitizer. For hours and directions, link to individual websites through alberta.ca. These five sites are now open:
Frank Slide Interpretive Centre - Canada’s deadliest rockslide buried part of a town under 110 million tonnes of limestone on April 29, 1903, killing more than 90 people. Situated in southern Alberta's spectacular Crowsnest Pass, visitors can see and hear first-hand what happened the night Turtle Mountain fell. Located 1.5 km off Highway #3.
Oil Sands Discovery Centre - Visit the Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray and experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands for yourself. It's the closest you can get without boots and a hard hat.
Remington Carriage Museum - The largest museum of its kind in the world, the Remington Carriage Museum tells the story of horse-drawn transportation in North America. The museum features interactive displays, horses, a working restoration shop, carriages, wagons, sleighs, and fun activities for the whole family. Located in Cardston, Alberta.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum - Located in Wetaskiwin, this international award-winning museum is all about celebrating machines. Experience hands-on activities from climbing into a pink Buick convertible or a gigantic Oil Pull tractor, to cuddling up in the indoor Drive-In or watching restoration shop experts at work.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum - Explore a living history museum, as history is brought to life by costumed interpreters portraying the lives of actual pioneers. Hear stories of solitude, survival, and perseverance while discovering how Ukrainian immigration made a significant impact on Alberta's cultural identity. Situated 25 minutes east of Edmonton.
NOTE: The following historic sites are closed until further notice: Father Lacombe Chapel, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Historic Dunvegan, Rutherford House, Stephansson House, Turner Valley Gas Plant, Victoria Settlement, and Fort George and Buckingham House.