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Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Sherwood Park, Canada
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About Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Visit this award-winning provincial historic site showcasing Ukrainian settlement in East Central Alberta (1892–1930). Be a time traveler and interact with costumed role players portraying real-life Ukrainian pioneers. Explore more than 30 historic buildings including three churches of Eastern Byzantine Rite, a fully-functioning grain elevator, blacksmith shop and burdei (sod hut). Sample traditional food and visit our gift shop. Numerous special events. Located 25 minutes or 50 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16, just 3 km east of Elk Island National Park.
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liz d wrote a review Sep. 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates165 contributions21 helpful votes
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We visited the village as soon as it reopened. You can have a nice walk around the place s d speak with the assistants who tells you about some of the buildings in the village. Too bad you can not visit inside the houses due to COVID-19 protocol. The restaurant serves good food and prices at the gift shop are ok (but not everything you find there is Ukranian artisan work or related to their culture).
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Laurel M wrote a review Aug. 2020
Calgary, Canada693 contributions271 helpful votes
On a ‘ stay in Alberta’ road trip, this was our first stop. The location is just off the highway and is so beautiful. From the park gate entrance, to the Visitor Centre to the on-site interpreters, everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. Due to Covid there is no entry into any of the buildings but the map, the plaques throughout as well as park interpreters with display items, it still made for a very enjoyable few hours. The scenery is a photographers dream. Reading through previous reviews, I’m confused as to what people expect. I too am of Ukrainian heritage but wasn’t expecting anything other than a re-creation. Most staff greeted us in English and Ukrainian but I wasn’t upset if they didn’t. I came to see what might have been a typical Ukrainian settlement, not to eat the food. It’s a village so you have to expect there will be walking. But it was neither too much and certainly not strenuous. We have visited many cultural villages in several countries and I think this one is very well done.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Jack wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Wonderful site and awesome interpreters!!!..however, the half plate of food at $10- most of it traditionally made with inexpensive ingredients - was absolutely not worth the price!...I am of Ukrainian heritage. To elaborate: the small pieces of sausage - which was of low quality -seemed to be cut in half in width; the cabbage rolls soupy and with tomato which is a German version and the dill potatoes unmemorable...the perogies were fine but the meal was at best lukewarm...the meal was at 11:00 - the start of the day and the staff not busy...worst Ukrainian food I've eaten...I expected more given the venue and given the importance Ukrainians have for cuisine and hospitality! I was surprised to see regular gift store merch in the gift shop although it was themed to the site...eg. resin pigs from China or pretty enough vases one can purchase anywhere...impulse buys for children looked like dollar store stock...there were some Ukrainian art and crafts but my thought was that why couldn't suitable Alberta craft people be supported entirely at this shop??? I attend local art and craft sales and am well aware that there is an abundance to choose from... That being said, the site and interpreters were a '10'!!! and when returning - hopefully when the events are restored, I will pack my own food...
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Costaricantraveller wrote a review Mar. 2020
Sherwood Park, Canada4 contributions
Wide selection of potted seedlings and seeds. Very experienced and knowledgeable staff. Huge selection and well looked after greenhouse.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Igor K wrote a review Mar. 2020
Calgary, Canada770 contributions134 helpful votes
Were at the Ukrainian festival. We were very dissatisfied, the staff can’t even say “hello” in Ukrainian language - from the parking lot (employees at the entrance) to the kitchen. One of the cultural parts of the program was “Ukrainian” cuisine. It was a miserable semblance and frank mockery of our pirogies and generally lack of an assortment of Ukrainian dishes. These pirogies were some kind of semi-finished product of dubious quality. I have never tried such terrible pirogies . Very weak and meager were represented Ukrainian crafts. The only thing that pleased us was the dance groups, but this was not the merit of this center, and especially not it’s administration. The village itself does not constitute a special value; of the actors, almost no one knows the Ukrainian language. We rode a horse-drawn cart and apparently the horse was exhausted to the edge that it stood on its hind legs and began to protest and back off. Thank God everything worked out, but we believe that with such a management, the matter can even reach injuries. We believe that the administration is not in its place and they cannot manage this place. They don’t know Ukrainian culture, they don’t understand Ukrainian culture, they don’t appreciate Ukrainian culture and in the end they just don’t belong to Ukrainian culture. They all just do not belong there. There should be Ukrainians - native speakers of the Ukrainian language and Ukrainian culture. What finally upset us was the fact that chairs were stolen from us and the administration did not even try to help us. It is unfortunate that such a derogatory attitude towards everything Ukrainian is being cultivated. We do not recommend, do not spend your money on an expensive admission ticket, there are many old real Ukrainian villages in Alberta and not this miserable likeness. In addition to dancing, we did not feel at all that we were in the Ukrainian center, and dancing was not their merit. Pirogies should be sculpted by Ukrainian women with a soul, and not cook a soulless semi-finished product.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from David M, Manager at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Responded Mar. 9, 2020
Thank you for your feedback to share your experience last May at our living history museum. We appreciate your comments and we will use this information as we review programming that preserves and presents Ukrainian-Canadian history and culture in east central Alberta from 1892-1930. Your comments about your meal have been shared with the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society, which is responsible for food services at the UCHV.
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