Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
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Cultural Tours • Self-Guided Tours & Rentals • Day Trips
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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.
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

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How Vi
1 contribution
Aug. 2022
We visited August 21, 2022 and were shocked at the deterioration of this once lovely site. There was one staff member in the blacksmith shop that gave a good interaction. Other than that we saw 3 guides who were lousy at their job and two men volunteers that hid in the barn with one horse. 95% of sites were locked and not available but we were told to hunt down someone to unlock them????? No one was around. So disappointing as we had told our guests from BC what a great place it was. Even the book shop was closed. I think if you carry on with how you are running it, just shut the place down as it is a slight to Ukraine. The food outlet was also a shame. Horrible food. The borsch was supposed to have a variety of vegetables but had only half cooked beets and hot water bland broth with not even dill to flavour. We waited 45 minutes for the soup and watched people getting their plates of food and some looked like dog food!!! Actual Ukrainians are hospitible people and would have been ashamed to serve that horrible tasting food at inflated prices. Our previous visits were so informative and pleasant but this one left a bad taste in the mouth and we apologized to our guests for taking them there. Even when we told the girl at the info centre that everything was locked up and we couldn't enter the sites, she just said well there are staff around and you just have to find them- no apology or concern. I will never return there again and your staff and directors should all be FIRED for being free loaders off the government and not doing your job to represent Ukraine especially when they are going through so much with the war. SHAME ON YOU!!!!
Written August 21, 2022
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Natalie H
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions
Aug. 2021
We have visited the Ukrainian Cultural village numerous times. This Sunday, August 29, 2021 was a bit of a disappointment. I took my granddaughter there to see all of the buildings, animals etc. and because I am Ukrainian, give her a little insight to our heritage. The interpreters were excellent, friendly and available to answer all questions. I checked the website before we left to ensure I would be prepared. Well if I would have known the buildings were not accessible, You could view from the doorways only. The reason was because of Covid. The price didn’t reflect a reduction. The wasps were terrible and not mentioned on the website but that may have deterred people from coming. I may have brought something to protect myself or not visit at all.

Earlier this week we took her to Wetaskiwin to visit Stan Reynolds Museum. It was excellent and we could even participate in hands on games. And the cost was less. More bang for your buck.
Written August 29, 2021
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G C
Calgary, Canada39 contributions
Aug. 2021
Despite it being very warm the staff were cheerful and knowledgeable about their exhibits. Covid did prevent you from going in the buildings but you could look in the doorway and see them which is all you really need to do for many of them as they are very tiny buildings. I will warn people that if you have been to Heritage Park in Calgary or the matching one in Edmonton it is not as interactive. Many of the buildings in the historical village are still being renovated and are not open even in non covid times and since it is a historical village many of the attractions are the same ie school, grain elevator, train station. Their is no train or other rides and the only place to eat is outside the park and it obviously serves Ukranian food. I nonetheless, enjoyed my time at the park and if you are in the area I recommend stopping by.
Written August 8, 2021
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liz d
Dubai, United Arab Emirates165 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Couples
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).
Written September 6, 2020
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada772 contributions
Aug. 2020
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.
Written August 29, 2020
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Jack
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Jul. 2020
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...
Written July 18, 2020
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Costaricantraveller
Sherwood Park, Canada4 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Wide selection of potted seedlings and seeds. Very experienced and knowledgeable staff. Huge selection and well looked after greenhouse.
Written March 10, 2020
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Igor and Rita
Calgary, Canada842 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
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.
Written March 5, 2020
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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.
Written March 9, 2020
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Jessica B
15 contributions
Aug. 2019
Visited the village twice with children aged 14, 12, 12 and 10. It was great fun to walk around and learn about the history in an interactive, authentic way. The kids really enjoyed it. We were sorry to have missed the carriage ride on both visits. Would be good to publish the times more clearly. Good day out in the Alberta sunshine.
Written September 1, 2019
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JohnnyShabazz
Novisibirsk55 contributions
Aug. 2019
Visited Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m. Cost: $15 per person. Plenty of parking at no extra charge. At the first building we entered, a guide told us she was giving the last free tour of the day (1:30 p.m.) and we'd have to leave when she did "or you'll be locked up in this house." There are over 20 interesting buildings onsite, ranging from period residential homes to various places of business: a grain elevator, lumber store/yard, church, two schools, hotel, gas station/sundries store, blacksmith shop, etc. Not everything is clustered together: some of the buildings are spaced out and they have numerous scooters at the Village. Seven of the structures we entered had interpreters in period costume; some were role-playing, others, not so much. Was surprised that 3 of the venues had Polish characters who did not speak any Ukrainian---suppose this is to accurately reflect the diversity of the first settlers in the area but I had hoped for more interaction with Ukrainian-speaking hosts. Some of the upper floors are barred from visitor entry but, over all, you get access to much of the buildings---those which are open. In that respect, I liked the hands-on accessibility far more than, say, Heritage Park in Calgary where you only get to look past glassed-doors into rooms. At the Village, you can actually interact with Baba making pedaheh/pirohy ('perogies') and biscuits; or work the tools at the blacksmith's shop. What disappointed me somewhat were the number of interesting buildings which were completely closed off, even at 2 p.m. on a Friday. Two schools and a woodworking shop especially would've been interesting to explore. Maybe they were short on staff to chaperone some of the locations? They have a horse-drawn wagon that can take you on tours of the Village (which is pretty spread out) and an old Ford sedan which brings a smile to visitors. I did notice several children who looked unhappy, a couple of 6-year-olds were even crying. While there are some points of interest for kids, over all, to be completely honest, I don't think many younger children of this digital/instant gratification era truly enjoy this historical site: it just doesn't grab their attention for the most part. The Visitor's Centre staff never even looked up from their desk or greeted us when we arrived. We waited in line at the large barn-turned-restaurant for 10 minutes before giving up: they had only 1 poor lady on staff and she was so busy at the oven she couldn't even take any more orders at the window. In summary, a worthwhile historical site preserving a respectable volume of important buildings and contents, but a place which, under the right management, could be made so much better: more interactive opportunities---especially aimed at younger children, better staff training, more staff so that all key buildings could be open to visitors, a better, more efficient eating venue. They could liven it up a bit: I'm of Ukrainian descent and food, music and dance is EVERYTHING to this culture! Bottom line: for 30 bucks, I enjoyed the site but ended up feeling sort of "Meh..."
Written August 26, 2019
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Hi Johnny: Thank you for sharing this feedback on your recent visit. Through our collection of historic buildings and first-person interpretation and tour guides, we do strive to provide our audiences with hands-on opportunities to learn the story of early Ukrainian settlement in east central Alberta. We appreciate your comments about our visitor services and will use this information to evaluate how we can improve service delivery for future visits and to audiences like you. Thanks again for visiting our living history museum.
Written August 27, 2019
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