A 50 mile drive down 16 east is the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village where history is brought to life depicting Ukrainian pioneers who settled in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. The open air museum has more than 30 relocated and restored structures including three churches of Eastern Byzantine Rite. The visitor center has displays of photos, artifacts and history signage. Also located on the grounds is a memorial plaque to the locations of the internment camps during WWI.
|Picture in Museum of Ukrainian Family 1882|
|Memorial Internment Plaque|
The site is divided into thematic areas: Farmsteads,Rural Community and Town.
|Bellis Rail Station & Hilliard Hotel|
|Wostok Hardware Store|
|Alberta Lumber CO|
|Bellis Grain Elevator|
|Demchuk Blacksmith Shop|
|St Vladimir's Greek Orthodox Church|
|St Nicholas Greek Catholic Church|
|St Nicholas Russo Greek Orthodox Church|
We had a delicious lunch of Ukrainian fare consisting of Piroshki,Holubtsi,Cucumber Sour Cream Salad and Kovbasa.
During the walk we noticed many Dragon Flies, orange colored. Think this particular species is called Cherry Faced Meadowhawk and part of the skimmer family. They eat mosquitoes which is good.
On the way back made a brief stop at the Provincial Capitol in Edmonton.
|Reflecting Pool Used by Bathers on Hot Days|