This annual event coincides with the Heritage Day long weekend at the beginning of August. Events vary from year to year, but the basic idea is to provide visitors with an opportunity to experience the extensive heritage of this region, and to have a great time doing it. The 2016 events flyer shows all that there was to do this past event. Plus, all of the heritage attractions in the Pass are open.
In addition to celebrating our fabulous coal-mining heritage of the early 20th century, the 2016 theme “Outlaws of Prohibition” recalled the romance and violence of Alberta’s ban on alcohol, 100 years ago (1916 – 1924) and the characters that tried to evade the law to bring booze and joy to our mining communities. The Launch Event guest speaker was Adriana Davies, author of The Rise and Fall of Emilio Picariello which presents new evidence and opinion on the infamous shooting of Constable Lawson and the subsequent hanging of Picariello and his friend Florence Lossandro. If you don’t know the story, come to our museum and find out!
The 2017 theme will be based on the 100th anniversary of the Alberta Provincial Police force, which policed Alberta from 1917 to 1932. In addition to our regular and new events, we hope to open the refurbished APP Barracks building and interpretive exhibits – currently under renovation and redesign – which is the site of the Constable Lawson shooting.
More information is available on the heritage festival’s own website at www.cnpheritagefest.ca .