CITY OF WETASKIWIN
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Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum,
Location: 5007-50th Avenue, Wetaskiwin.
Info: Open from Victoria Day weekend through to the end of September, Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; open the rest of the year, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is by donation. Wheelchair accessible. 780-352-0227; www.wetaskiwinmuseum.com.
Located on Wetaskiwin’s main street, the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum has three floors of exhibits that expand on the fur trade, fur farming, and Aboriginal history, as well as Hutterite and Chinese immigration. Activities and changing exhibits mean that no two visits are ever the same. Discover history that ranges from dinosaur fossils and trading posts to renowned women in the community. Children will enjoy the Children’s Legacy Centre’s interactive exhibits with opportunities to dress up, experience a pioneer school, and play with old-fashioned toys. Don’t miss the general store, hotel room, and special events during Canada Day and Pioneer Days.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum and Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Location: 2 km west of Wetaskiwin on Hwy 13.
Info: Open daily from Victoria Day weekend through Labour Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday from September to mid-May, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open holiday Mondays. Admission is charged. Wheelchair accessible; electric scooters available for rent. 780-361-1351; 1-800-661-4726; www.reynoldsalbertamuseum.com;www.cahf.ca.
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum reveals Alberta’s mechanical history with more than 8,000 artifacts that focus on transportation, agriculture, aviation, and industry. Exhibits display vehicles, aircraft, tractors, and other industrial machines. Many rare and irreplaceable artifacts date from as early as the 1880s. You can enjoy hands-on activities, demonstrations, audio-visual shows, interpreter-led programs, and seasonal special events, including Snow Drags (January), History Road (second week in June), Harvest Festival (Saturday and Sunday of the Labour Day weekend), and the Metal Art Show and Sale (September). In the summer, take advantage of the opportunity to soar in an open cockpit biplane or cruise the grounds in a chauffeur-driven vintage vehicle.
Look for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in the Reynolds-Alberta Museum Aviation Display Hangar. The Hall is devoted to preserving accounts of the more than 213 inducted members who have contributed to Canada’s distinguished aviation history.
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