The Ukrainian Heritage Village is located in Elk Island National Park in Lamont County, Alberta, Canada. It was founded in 1971 to recognize the settlement of the Ukrainian community in East Central Alberta. It is an open-air museum featuring historical monuments such as the Joseph Oleskow Monument, Chernobyl Disaster Commemorative Statue, etc. The museum is divided into separate exhibits, each with its theme. There are exhibits from Farmsteads, Rural Communities, and Town. The museum’s costumed staff have in-depth knowledge of the historical monuments and can provide visitors with guided tours.
There are several programs at the Ukrainian Heritage Village. There are school programs offered throughout the academic year. Students are given hands-on experience at the museum. The authentic setting and trained interpretive staff, provide the students with a memorable experience. The students can experience Ukrainian life from the early 20 century. There are specific programs designed for all age groups, from Kindergarten to Post Secondary. There are also group tours and programs for kids and adults. There is even a special tour designed for mobility-impaired individuals. All programs and tours need to be booked in advance.
The museum is open during summer, from June to September every year. The regular hours for visitors are from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors should plan for at least 2-3 hours for a complete tour of the museum. Children under the age of 6, Canadian military and family and members are admitted free of charge. There are no pets allowed at the museum. There is a facility to rent scooters and wagon rides. One of the most events at the museum is the Ukrainian Day on August 16 . There are food service and picnic area available at the museum. For accommodation, there is the Astotin Lake Campground that can be used for camping. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop to buy a few souvenirs.