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 2017 event flyer shows all that there is to do.  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 2017 theme “Lawmen of Prohibition” recalled the romance and violence of Alberta’s ban on alcohol, 100 years ago (1916 – 1924) and the policemen that tried to enforce the law.  2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Alberta Provincial Police (1917-1932).  The key historical event for us is 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 new Alberta Provincial Police Barracks interpretive site and find out!

More information is available on the heritage festival’s own website at www.cnpheritagefest.ca .