Discover the Family of National Historic Sites in Alberta
Who are we?
We are the family of National Historic Sites. Designated by the Minister of the Environment on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, we are places of national significance to all Canadians. There are over 900 of us, found in every province and territory across Canada. Each is unique and each tells its own compelling story.
National Historic Sites in Alberta
The Alberta branch of the family includes 59 National Historic Sites. We are as varied as the province itself. We are an outpost of the North-West Mounted Police, an early 20th century coalmine, and a park that contains the largest concentration of native rock art on the North American plains.
A Shared Legacy
The responsibility for caring for us is shared by many. Of the 59 sites in Alberta, only nine are owned by Parks Canada. The rest are owned by other levels of government, local organizations and businesses. Many continue in their original function – as an important public building, a grand hotel or a back country ski lodge. Many are heritage attractions and provide opportunities to learn and experience the past first hand.
Come Visit the Family
The following pages will introduce you to our family. Come for a visit. An adventure of discovery, learning and fun awaits you. Ride our trains, remember the feel of wet clay squishing through your fingers, mosey on up to the corral and watch cowboys roping calves, and much, much more. Experience first hand the many places that continue to shape the history of this province and the nation.