Reason #52 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

By Emil Tiedemann

From 1892  to 1930, many Ukrainian Canadians settled in central Alberta, and generations of those early settlers’ families have remained here more than a century later. 

Some of the costumed historical interpreters at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, just outside of Edmonton.

It’s those early years that are brought back to life at the award-winning Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, a giant living museum that uses costumed historical interpreters to recreate early pioneer settlements on a site not far out of city limits (near Elk Island Park on the Yellowhead Highway). 

This open-air attraction opened in 1974, technically as part of nearby Lamont County, on the shores of Goose Lake. It remains a popular destination for families and young students. 

The Village's Luzan Grocery.

There are dozens of restored historical structures at the Village, including Kiew Hall, Kolody Sawmill, Luzan Grocery, St. Vladminir’s Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church, Nellis Canadian National Railway Station, Demchuk Blacksmith Shop, Hilliard Hotel, Wostok Hardware Store, and the working Bellis Home Grain Company Elevator. 

Exit through the gift shop and try some authentic Ukrainian dishes at the concession before you leave, and your trip is complete! #ukrainianvillage


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