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Edmonton Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres

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Located 10 minutes from the Edmonton International Airport, the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre is the 2013 Alberta Rural Tourism Champion award-winner for excellence in leadership, innovation, and accomplishments. The Discovery Centre at this historical site salutes the grit, determination, and success of the Alberta oil patch. The 23,000 square foot museum features award-winning films, a hands-on learning lab, a drill-bit virtual ride, over 200 exhibits, drilling rigs in action and examples of alternative energies of wind, thermal and wave. Guided tours must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. $10 Adult; $8 Senior; $6 Youth (7-17); $25 Family. Closed Nov - Feb. Feb - May, Sep - Nov: Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Jun - Aug: Daily 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre
A fun-filled attraction for all ages that salutes Alberta's oil patch success!
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The Interpretive Centre at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta features exhibits which highlight the history and traditions of the Legislature. The adjoining mock legislature classrooms enable visiting student groups to "put life into learning" through spirited debate. The centre is open for visitors to browse at their leisure. Come try on the replicas of Lieutenant Governors' and Speakers' robes for a fun photo-op activity with family and friends. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta Interpretive Centre hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year, focusing on the province's history, traditions, and parliamentary process, as well as exhibits which showcase the work of Alberta artists.

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Legislature Building tours and an interpretive centre in Edmonton!
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BulletFort Edmonton Park
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Canada’s largest living history park, Fort Edmonton Park features costumed interpreters, a replica 1846 fort, and three recreated historical streets from 1885, 1905 and 1920. Steam train and street car rides included in admission. Join the costumed historical interpreters and try your hand at living life as an early pioneer.
BulletCity of Edmonton Archives
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A public research facility housing government and private records documenting Edmonton's history. Rooms available for rent for shows and events. Mon to Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Wed until 8 pm.
BulletHotel Selkirk at Fort Edmonton Park
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This Edmonton landmark has been restored to its original state of grandeur, sitting on the corner of 1905 Street and 1920 Street in Fort Edmonton Park. The original Selkirk was known for having the finest wines, liquors and cigars, which attracted a famous clientele of prominent musicians, actors, politicians and authors. On December 18, 1962, the hotel burned to the ground but has now been restored to feature 1920s-style furnished suites, a lounge and a restaurant. Open seasonally from mid-May until the end of August.
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This gracious sandstone building, opened in 1913, served as the residence of Alberta's Lieutenant Governors. The mansion was closed in 1938 and was used as a WWII veterans' hospital from 1944 to 1951. Then, in 1976, after extensive restoration, Government House was reopened as the province's official government conference centre. Free tours every half hour and last 30 minutes. Open Sun only 11 am - 4:30 pm.
BulletRutherford House
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Costumed interpreters re-enact life in the 1900's at the former home of the province's first premier, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. Built in 1911, this Edwardian mansion established new standards in residential design, marking the end of the pioneer era in Alberta. Lunch and afternoon tea are served at the Arbour Restaurant year-round.

May 15 - Labour Day daily 9 am - 5 pm; Labour Day - May 14 Tues - Sun noon - 5 pm. Admission: $4 adult, $3 youth/sen, $12 family, free for children 6 and under.

BulletFather Lacombe Chapel
Built in 1861 by Father Lacombe and his Metis helpers, the original log chapel and the St. Albert Mission provide insight into the past of the Canadian West. This Provincial Historic Site is the oldest building in Alberta. Admission: $2 adult, $1.50 senior/youth, $5 family, free for children 6 and under. Open May 15 to Sept 1 daily 10 am - 6 pm.
BulletProvincial Archives of Alberta
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Extensive collection of private and governmental records dating back to the late 1880s, maps, over two million images, motion picture footage, video and audio tapes are housed at this research centre. Tue, Thu to Sat 9 am - 4:30 pm; Wed 9 am - 9 pm.
BulletOld Strathcona Historic Area
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Historical buildings date from 1891, prior to amalgamation of the town of Strathcona with the City of Edmonton in 1912. Known for its exuberant spirit, this south side district is an attractive shopping destination with a concentration of interesting antique and gift shops, coffee shops and cafes. Walking tour brochures are available at the Old Strathcona Foundation office: #401, 10324 - 82 Ave. open Tues and Wed 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
BulletMulticultural Heritage Centre & Oppertshauser Gallery
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The Multicultural Heritage Centre has been preserving and promoting the history of Stony Plain and the tri-community area for over thirty years. A settler's cabin, homesteader's kitchen, general store, ethnic craft store and the Oppertshauser House are features of the centre, as well as an organic demonstration farm, fountain ponds, gardens and a kitchen. Open year round.

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