Historical Attractions in Alberta with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Alberta!)

Alberta is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in Alberta  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Alberta’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Alberta when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Edmonton Queen Riverboat

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    Edmonton

    The Edmonton Queen Riverboat is the perfect setting for all your events, whether that be a romantic dinner for two, a family-friendly cruise, or a class field trip. Sailing four days a week through ...

  • Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park

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    Cluny

    Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is a world renowned cultural, educational and entertainment centre built for the promotion and preservation of the Siksika Nation Peoples’, Language, Culture and ...

  • Fort Calgary

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    Calgary

    Fort Calgary is located just east of downtown Calgary on a 40-acre site. Open year-round, the Fort offers Calgarians and their guests fun, interactive exhibits, tours and school programs.

  • Pioneer Acres of Alberta

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    Irricana

    Welcome to a trip back in time - a time we often think of as simpler and easier. As you tour Pioneer Acres, it won't take long for you to figure out that the pioneers of Southern Alberta actually had ...

  • Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre

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    Canmore

    Local historical museum containing artifacts dating back to Canmore's conception.

  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

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    Longview

    The site has many historic buildings and structures, illustrating various stages of ranching development, and is rich in cultural landscape features. A visitor orientation centre and a vibrant living ...

  • Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

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    Rocky Mountain House

    Nine Aboriginal Cultures, Five Forts, Two Companies…One Great Site! Rocky Mountain House…the forts are gone but the name remains. This is a story of trade, exploration and competition, but above ...

  • Dinosaur Provincial Park

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    Patricia

    One of the world's richest fossil beds, a fantastic experience for kids who want to explore the world of dinosaurs!

  • Fort Edmonton Park

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    Edmonton

    Offers a historical insight into the periods 1885, 1905 and 1920 with costumed character guides, steam train, pioneer games area and activities plus traditional Midway.

  • Heritage Park Fort McMurray

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    Buffalo

    Explore a wide range of heritage and recreated buildings, with artefacts and miscellany related to a great many period trades and crafts.

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  • Galaxyland

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    Edmonton

    The world's largest indoor amusement park is in Edmonton, with over 24 spectacular rides and play areas - for kist of all ages!

  • Wild Rapids

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    Sylvan Lake

    Only 90 minutes from Edmonton or Calgary, WILD RAPIDS WATERSLIDE PARK, in Sylvan Lake, is the perfect place for a day of fun in the sun! Take a dive on the Kami Kazi & Hari Kari speed slides. ...

  • Douglas Fir Resort Waterpark

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    Banff

    Water fun is the best at the Douglas Fir Resort! You and your family can enjoy an exhilarating ride down our two indoor waterslides; bathe in our swimming pool, or simply relax in the whirlpools, ...

  • Drumheller Aqua Plex

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    Drumheller

    The Dinosaur Capital of the World! A few hours on good all-weather highways will take you into another world - the world of startling contrasts between the deep past and the exciting present. ...

  • World Waterpark

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    Northwest Edmonton

    Experience the WORLD'S largest indoor wave pool, AND tallest indoor bungee tower at the West Edmonton Mall, with 17 unique water features!

  • Syncrude Aquatic Centre

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    Fort McMurray

    Offering olympic size pool, diving boards, leisure pool, a family whirlpool, family water park, splay play park, a selection of varying slides including several small ones, lazy river and dumping ...

  • The Alberta Birds Of Prey Center

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    Coaldale

    The Alberta Birds of Prey Centre is Canada's largest birds of prey facility. Situated on a 70-acre wetland area site, our centre is a celebration of nature featuring hawks, falcons, eagles and owls ...

  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre

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    Calgary

    This 36-hectare wildlife reserve offers more than two kilometres of level walking trails and over 1 km of nature trails, throughout the riverine forest, by the flowing river and alongside a peaceful ...

  • Calgary Zoo Botanical Garden and Prehistoric Park

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    Calgary

    Calgary Zoo is Canada's 2nd largest zoo offering over 1000 rare animals and a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians in natural habitat enclosures.The Prehistoric Park displays 19 life size ...

  • Valley Zoo

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    Edmonton

    Come to the Valley Zoo for a roaring good time and to visit the more than 100 exotic, endangered and native species.Come and learn about the Valley Zoo's involvement in the Species Survival Plan and ...

  • Sea Life Caverns

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    Northwest Edmonton

    An underground aquarium that is home to more than 100 species of fish, sharks, sea turtles, penguins , and even sea lion shows!

  • Minnewanka Lake Cruise

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    Banff

    Lake Minnewanka lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. Minnewanka Lake Cruise provides a unique sightseeing tour experience on one of two 48 passenger Lake Cruisers or the ...

  • Jasper Raft Tours

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    Jasper

    We invite you to travel with us on a river rafting adventure and share our love of whitewater, wilderness, and friendship. Our rafting trips are great for young and old alike looking for a more mild ...

  • Rocky Mountain River Guides

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    Jasper

    Rocky Mountain River Guides provides you with the whitewater rafting experience of a lifetime! Come to Jasper, Alberta for a broad spectrum of river rafting trips for you to choose from, for those ...

  • Sylvan Cruises

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    Sylvan Lake

    Sylvan Cruises offers you the unique opportunity to cruise Sylvan Lake from the comfort of one of our fully staffed, completely comfortable vessels.

  • Wolfland Tours

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    Hinton

    Wolfland Tours is specialized in individual or small groups custom guided tours on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in the beautiful foothills on the border of Jasper National Park.

  • Lake Louise Gondola

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    Lake Louise

    Cruise for fourteen glorious minutes, in an open chair or a fully enclosed gondola, to one of the Banff National Park's greatest views!

  • Shakers Fun Center

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    Calgary

    Shakers is Calgary's largest year round fun centre with a unique mix of attractions, go karts, laser tag, a climbing tower and miniature golf. There's something to for all ages!

  • Playgrounds Coffee Play House

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    Calgary

    Have you ever wanted to enjoy a nice gourment latte without your two year old begging for your attention? Well - look no further! You will be able to enjoy a coffee and a snack and let your toddler ...

  • The Toy Hutch

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    Edmonton

    Offers 2 multi level adventure climbing structures, one for larger and one for smaller kids, plus 24ft inflatable slide, bounce house and more.

  • Cafe O Play

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    Edmonton

    Café O’Play combines the best of a traditional coffeehouse with an indoor playground specifically designed for children up to 6 years of age.

  • Aero Space Museum of Calgary

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    Calgary

    Aircraft, aeronautical engines and artifacts trace the history of the aviation industry from one of Calgary’s first airplanes, the “Silver Dart,” to today’s jets.Planes and exhibits cover ...

  • TELUS Spark

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    Calgary

    TELUS Spark, is Canada's first purpose-built new Science Centre in over 25 years and is a place of inquiry that looks at issues, ideas and concepts related to science, technology and creativity.

  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

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    Red Deer

    The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history. The over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space includes a multisport interactive virtual ...

  • Bomber Command Museum of Canada

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    Nanton

    The museum commemorates all those who served with Bomber Command and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War II. We display aircraft and associated artifacts, aviation art, dvd's, ...