Ukrainian Village Edmonton
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
The Ukrainian Village Edmonton allows you to take a trip back in time and experience some of Alberta's history. Read our review and check out our pictures.
Located just 25 minutes east of Edmonton, this is a great place for kids and adults alike to explore the past.
So get ready, let's take a virtual tour.
Location: located 50 km (30 miles) east of Edmonton on Highway 16
Hours of operation: From the May long weekend to Labour Day 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Other times by special arrangement for pre-booked tours, school groups, or private functions including winter programs and school group tours
Also open to the general public for special events (call for information)
Phone Number: (780) 662 3640
Website: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Admission: For the most up-to-date info check here for Ukrainian Village Costs
Free with Experience Alberta History Pass or Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society membership card
Wheelchair Access: The Ukrainian Village Edmonton is wheelchair friendly and wheelchair rentals available for small donation, call to reserve
Picnic Tables: Yes
Concessions: Yes - with delicious Ukrainian food
Ukrainian Village Edmonton Review
Because I am not particularly fond of history I did not really expect to enjoy the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village when we visited for a few hours late in August. But to my surprise I enjoyed it very, very much.
The Ukrainian Village Edmonton is an outdoor museum of about thirty relocated and refurbished structures originally from 1892 - 1930 when Ukrainians first immigrated to Alberta.
Thanks to donations and the work of curators and supporters, the buildings are also furnished with period-accurate accessories.
Capping off the experience is the group of interpreters dressed in period costumes who perform tasks from that earlier time period and answer visitor's questions in the first-person, as if they were actually living in 1930.
Our group stopped at the main building to look at the quality interpretive display chronicling the history of the Ukrainian emigration from the Ukraine to Alberta.
We were inspired by the story of these brave families who left everything that was familiar for the promise of owning and working on their own land in Alberta.
We meandered down the boardwalk toward the village area and enjoyed the lake and surrounding flora and fauna.
The first area we visited was the rural town site. A barn displays a delivery business with a cart and milk cans.
The kitchen of the attached home is outfitted with an original ice box, and the extremely low kitchen sink reflects the short stature of women of the day.
The train tracks run right beside the still-working grain elevator. Transportation could be arranged at an adjoining train station and the RCMP office and living quarters stand nearby as a reminder to miscreants to keep on the right side of the law.
A sod house, also called a Burdei, demonstrates how settlers used natural resources of the area to build shelter until larger and more permanent homes could be erected.
The Farmstead area included a farmhouse, barn, equipment shed, gardens, and crops. The flower gardens were gorgeous - a riot of colour and all indigenous to the time period.
Chickens wandered in and out from the barnyard and the farm hand and his son directed the tourist-laden, horse-drawn cart from the farm area to the town site.
Inside the farmhouse the farmer's wife graciously showed us around and explained how she dried herbs for the winter months while her husband cooked a meal and the children helped with chores.
There are many other wonderful places to explore at the Ukrainian Village Edmonton including a blacksmith shop, sawmill, hardware store, grocery, school and several Ukrainian churches.
Some of the buildings are open only at specific times during the week so if you want to see something in particular, make sure to call ahead for the schedule.
Drop-in tours give an overview of the park and last about 1 hour.
These are offered at scheduled times throughout the day except on days of special events. Call ahead for times and details.
There are some nice picnic tables and a large grassy park-like area for visitors to enjoy.
The gift shop has some unique souvenirs and is well worth looking through. A concession area sold Ukrainian food so we lunched on a taste of the Ukraine - Borscht, pyrogies, cabbage rolls and sausages.
There is way too much to leisurely enjoy in one day so we bought a season's pass and look forward to many more interesting and informative outings to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
Visited August 26, 2011
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