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VISITOR GUIDELINES
Preparing for your visit:

As we reopen the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village to the public, we ask you to work together with us to keep the museum a safe space for yourself, for all visitors and for our staff.

As you may know, no two visits to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village are ever quite the same. In order to meet public health requirements for COVID-19, we have created a new experience for our visitors. While many of our building interiors will be closed, as physical distancing requirements cannot be met, our visitors will have the opportunity to see the Village from a different perspective. Our costumed interpreters will be placed throughout the site offering detailed information about Ukrainian settlement in east central Alberta from 1890-1930. This season, our interpreters will not be in character, allowing visitors to ask a wide range of questions and learn about different aspects of our museum. Please read below for further details on what to expect when you visit.

What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Limiting visitor numbers (maximum occupancy of 250 visitors at a time)
    • Please be prepared that there may be a delay in entering the Village if we are at capacity.
  • Encouraging physical distancing with signage, spacing ‘dots,’ and route markers.
  • Providing physical barriers such as Plexiglas shields in customer service areas.
  • Closing most building interiors where physical distancing requirements cannot be met.
  • Providing substantial access to hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities.
  • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting throughout our facility.

What we are asking of our visitors:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Please bring and wear your own non-medical mask. (Note that we will not be providing masks to visitors.)
  • Practice good hygiene. This includes washing your hands, for at least 20 seconds, regularly during your visit, avoiding touching your face, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.
  • Keep your family unit together when walking through the museum, and keep children within reach at all times.
  • Please be patient – don’t crowd around buildings. Practise physical distancing guidelines, keep 2 metres away from others and please wait your turn.
  • Download and utilize the ABTraceTogether app.
  • Explore the Village by following a marked one-way route.
  • Please bring your own strollers and wheelchairs, as these will not be available onsite.
  • Please be prepared to pay for your visit with debit or credit card.
  • Please follow entrance and exit signs in and out of the Visitor Centre.

What’s open:

  • Food service is available, following all Alberta Health restrictions and guidelines. Food services are operated by the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society. 
  • The gift shop is open, with limited visitor numbers due to physical distancing requirements (five visitors at a time).

What’s closed:

  • Most building interiors are closed due to physical distancing requirements; our costumed interpreters will be placed throughout the site to enhance the visitor experience.
  • We are not offering educational programs, school trips, or group visits at this time.
  • High-touch amenities are not available. This includes vending machines, ATM, and water fountains.
  • We are not hosting or taking bookings for facility rentals or events.
  • Scooters are not available for rent.
  • Wagon rides are not available.

The safety of all visitors and staff is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and will determine if additional precautions are needed.

We ask that everyone continue to follow alberta.ca/covid19 for the latest information on this situation. For information in a variety of languages please visit alberta.ca/covid-19-information-posters.aspx

Hours

  • The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens on June 20, 2020
  • We are open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays (except holidays)

Location

  • Located 25 minutes (50 kilometres) east of Edmonton on Highway 16, 3 kilometres east of Elk Island National Park
  • Get directions to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Admission

  • Family (2 Adults & Youths to a maximum of 8 people): $40
  • Adult (18-64): $15
  • Senior (65+): $13
  • Youth (7-17): $10
  • Child (0-6): Free
  • Canadian Military and Family (with CFOne card): Free
  • Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society member: Free

Payment can be made by cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

All prices include GST. Admission fees are subject to change without notice.

Amenities

  • Gift shop (summer season only)
  • Food services (summer season only)
  • Large picnic area with picnic tables and a fire pit (no wood supplied)

Accessibility

  • To maintain historical accuracy, buildings in the historical village have limited accessibility.
  • Our museum provides plenty of outdoor things to see and do surrounding the historic buildings.
  • The Visitor Centre, containing an exhibit gallery and gift shop, is wheelchair accessible.

Accommodation

  • No accommodations or camping onsite
  • The nearest campsite is Astotin Lake Campground, located at Elk Island National Park. For more information, call 1-877-737-3783 (8 a.m. - 6 p.m. MST)

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed outside the parking lot at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.
  • Identified service animals are permitted onsite.

Visitor Tips

  • Plan for 2-3 hours to tour our museum and historic buildings.
  • We are an outdoor museum with walking required between our historic buildings.
  • Walking shoes are recommended for our gravel roads.
  • Sunscreen and sun hats are recommended on warm summer days.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the historical village, except water bottles.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the historical village.
  • Alcohol and cannabis are not permitted at any time.

Parking

  • Parking available onsite.
  • Accessible parking, RV (recreational vehicle) parking, bus parking, and passenger drop off.
  • No overnight parking

Site Map

Please see the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village site map to plan your visit.

For Your Safety

  • Gravel/dirt pathways and road may be uneven.
  • Wooden sidewalks/steps may be slippery when wet.
  • Use care when entering/exiting buildings. Please ask for assistance, if required.
  • Watch for irregular steps. 
  • Handrails will not be available.
  • Do not feed or approach livestock or farm animals.
  • Children should be supervised at all times by an accompanying adult.