11410 Kingsway Avenue | 780-451-1175
Come explore vintage aircraft marking the romance, courage and clashes that mark the last century of flight. You can climb into the cockpit of a Boeing 737 and feel like a pilot flying a cold war-era jet fighter at the Alberta Aviation Museum, set in one of the last Royal Air Force World War II hangars.
Get up close to a supersonic Bomarc missile. Check out the de Havilland Mosquito combat aircraft, and the sleek F86 Sabre jet fighter, once part of high-speed dogfights in the cold war era. Learn about historic aviation achievements, from bush flying to famous war battles, as well as Northern Alberta’s rich aviation history. Multi-Screen flight simulators and interactive displays are at your fingertips. Medals, badges and vintage photos take you inside the heroic journey of Canada’s famous aviators. You might even run into a former Snowbird pilot!
50339 - Hwy 60 | 866-987-4323
The Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre evokes the story of oil pioneering ingenuity and hands-on exploration. On a farm southwest of Edmonton in 1947, a huge oil discovery at Leduc #1 made news around the world. It was the beginning of Western Canada’s modern oil industry.
Examine drilling rigs and vehicles used in oil exploration, take a virtual ride in the world’s biggest drill bit, handle fossils from the ancient seas and pick up a million year-old rock and learn all about geography, as well as legendary oil figures. This national historic site reveals all.
Hours vary by season.
11153 Saskatchewan Drive, University of Alberta | 780-427-3995
The Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site was the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford. Today, this restored and furnished Edwardian-era home maintains the Rutherford tradition of hospitality and offers visitors a glimpse into the past with costumed interpreters, guided tours and special events.
Pass through the wood cased doorframe of Alexander Cameron Rutherford’s family home and imagine going back to the early 1900’s, time of Alberta’s first premier. Say “yes” when our costumed storyteller invites you on a tour of this living museum. Close your eyes, then listen carefully for creeks and squeaks as this elegant mansion tells its hundred-year-old story. Smell the fire burning and something cooking on the wood-burning stove as you draw closer to the historic kitchen. Feel the heat from the stove even before you set foot in the small domestic working space of Mrs. Rutherford.
Hours vary by season.
9180 Walterdale Hill | 780-496-2601
Learn about history and visit the John Walter Museum which was the home of John Walter, his family and the Strathcona community from 1887 to 1915. Engage in traditions that have shaped the Canadian identity and learn about the life of John Walter who came to Canada to work for the Hudson's Bay company in 1870 and later became one of Edmonton's wealthiest citizens.
Take a self-guided tour of the museum and learn about everyday tools used in John Walter's days through educational information stations. If you prefer a guided tour, stop by the Saturday or Sunday drop-in program where a costumed interpreter will lead you through the houses while sharing historical stories of Edmonton's past and pioneer living. Be sure to visit the new Discovery Room where little ones will love to explore and play with the toys of yesterday.