What could be more Canadian than an Indigenous encampment, or blacksmithing? At the Heritage Village, festival-goers get a taste of Canada's traditional and pioneer history, something that both new Canadians and fourth-generation Canucks will appreciate.
Cree Winter Camp
Everyone is invited to participate in an interpretative Cree Winter Camp, which will teach visitors about how the Cree people relied on their natural surroundings for survival. The interactive experience takes place inside a traditional log dwelling, with plenty of hides and furs, and a hearth for light and warmth.
Cook up a tasty piece of bannock (bread) over a fire.
Watch blacksmiths forge the primary tools of the trade: a punch, hammer and tongs. These techniques are the same as those used to produce Damascus steel, artwork, wrought iron, and are still used today to recreate historic hardware.
Parks Canada Learn-to Camp
Drop-in program themes and topics include: how to dress for winter activities, tips on staying warm outdoors, exploring Edmonton’s winter landscape and how to plan a toasty winter cookout. Saturdays and Sundays only (no holiday Monday programming).
More info at Parks Canada
Cabane à sucre ('sugar shack')
By Canada Maple Shack. Take in the French-Canadian tradition of a 'toffee-pull' – drizzle some syrup onto ice to turn it into a sweet and sticky treat. $3.75 ea. or 2 for $7.00