We are proud of our colourful past and have the museums and historic sites to prove it – not to mention five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Step back in time to the 1600s and experience the beginning of the fur trade. Follow the footsteps of the great explorer and map-maker, David Thompson. Relive the adventures of the original cowboys and cattlemen at the Bar U Ranch, one of the country’s largest ranching operations in the late 1800s and still in operation today. Find out how the Mounties brought law and order to a wild frontier in the 1870s. Learn the history of coal mining and climb the last wooden tipple in Canada.
Rewind 8,000 years to the time of the Plains Indians and learn about their buffalo culture at places like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Now take a really big jump back millions of years to the time of the dinosaurs. Did you know Alberta has the world’s largest concentration of dinosaur fossils?
Delve into the intrigue of the past at any of our hundreds of museums and historic sites to understand Alberta today.