Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Located just 40 minutes west of Vegreville on Highway 16, this multi-award winning provincial historic site is a fascinating and engaging experience of Ukrainian settlement in East Central Alberta (1892-1930). An open air museum housing over 30 historic buildings and costumed role players portraying real life Ukrainian pioneers, this is a must on your local travel itinerary. Guided tours are available with special events and interpretive programs for all ages going on throughout the season. Call 780-662-3640 or visit www.cd.gov.ab.ca/uchv for more information about this popular attraction.
Elk Island National Park
Established in 1913, Elk Island National Park is Canada’s only entirely fenced national park; protecting 194 square km of aspen parkland and located directly across from the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. This relaxing refuge is open year round, offering a variety of programs for children and adults, as well as kilometers of hiking trails, playground, beach and golf course. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including bison, elk, moose, bears and beavers; maintaining standing herds of approximately 450 plains bison and 350 wood bison. For more information visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/elkisland
Mundare is host to the Basilian Fathers Museum, presenting the history of the Ukrainian settlement and Basilian Fathers Mission in east central Alberta. The museum, off highway 45 bordering eastern part of town, holds a unique collection of artifacts celebrating the lives of the men and women who devoted their lives to serving the Lord through service to the Ukrainian immigrants in Canada. Be sure to visit the Grotto, (directly across from the museum) an elegant garden and shrine built by the Basilian Fatehrs in 1934. Mundare is also home to the world's largest Kielbasa which weighs in at 6 tonnes and stands 42 feet high. For visitor information call Basilian Fathers Museum 780-764-3887 or Town of Mundare 780-764-3929.
The Churches Of Lamont County
A rich agricultural district encompassing 27 townships, Lamont County is part of the Kalyna Country Ecomuseum, a multicultural, multifaceted heritage district in East Central Alberta. This municipality is also the birthplace of the oldest and largest settlement of Ukrainians in Canada and their rich, spiritual heritage is evident in the many churches that can be found in virtually all parts of the municipality. Take a pictureseque drive through some of the most beautiful farmland in the country and visit all 47 churches. A Church Tour Booklet is available by calling 780-895-2233.
Big Things Tour
Dazzle yourself with a “Big Things” tour. Of the 14 plus east central communities with some of the world’s largest wonders, most are accessible as day trips from Vegreville. In addition to our own 5000 pound egg, you can marvel at a 6000 pound perogy, 20 foot high mushrooms, the greatest pumpkin patch you’ll ever see and much, much more! These fantastic displays are great examples of some of Alberta’s best in public art, celebrating the unique aspects of each community.