Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Society
The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Society was founded in 1971 to develop a heritage village commemorating the settlement of east central Alberta by Ukrainians. Soon after, the Society bought the present site, and began relocating buildings there from the farms and towns of east central Alberta.
The Province of Alberta acquired the site in 1975, and continues to interpret the major theme of "Early Ukrainian Settlement in East Central Alberta to 1930." Since that time, the Historic Sites Service has carried out extensive programs of research, restoration and furnishing of over 30 historic structures that have been moved to the Village site. Coupled with a multi-purpose administration complex and a unique approach to historical interpretation, each of these "mini- galleries" gives you, the visitor, insight into typical Ukrainian settlement in east central Alberta.
There are more than 30 historic buildings including three churches of Eastern Byzantine Rite, a fully-functioning grain elevator, blacksmith shop and burdei (sod hut. Traditional food can be sampled and there is a gift shop, filled with Ukrainian-type crafts, books and pictures. There are also numerous special events throughout the season.
Buildings from the surrounding communities have been moved to the Village and restored to various years within the first part of the twentieth century. As well, you can often meet people in historic costumes who play the roles of the men, women and children who lived at the time.
The Village is located 25 minutes or 50 km (30 miles) east of Edmonton on Highway 16, just 3 km (1.8 miles) east of Elk Island National Park.