Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village - Hiking Alberta

 

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is a short distance east of Elk Island National Park on the historical Yellowhead Highway (Hwy 16) east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  There is an admission charge for most visitors.  Special events are hosted throughout each summer but this visit occurs on a quiet, warm Monday afternoon. 

The village is one of Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites which represents the significant contribution Ukrainian immigrants made to the development of Western Canada in the late 1800's and early twentieth century.  There are guided tours which provide broader access and information than can be achieved on an informal walk around this fascinating historical complex.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

From the Admissions Booth, parking in the shaded area leads to a 'Muster Point'.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 'Muster Point' at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Entrance to the Visitor Reception Centre is via wooden-covered walkway past the courtyard containing a 1980 Leo Mol bronze sculpture titled, 'Pioneer Family'.  At the reception desk an attractive young woman in historical pioneer clothing provides an interpretive map and information about guided tours.  Following a brief foray in the adjacent gift shop, the Visitor Reception Centre exit leads to a walk along the Causeway, through a forest tunnel, which crosses the marsh-lined shores of Goose Lake.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The wood-covered promenade leading to the Visitor Reception Centre at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Entrance to the Visitor Reception Centre at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukranian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The views from each side of the Causeway, across the strikingly beautiful, marsh-lined shores of Goose Lake, provide a hint of the pioneer building structures which are spread over a fairly large area.  All the pioneer buildings has been relocated to this site which was acquired by the Alberta Government in 1975.  The representative, early-settlement buildings, acquired from a vast area of east and central Alberta, are arranged by chronological periods of pioneer development and structural types.

In hindsight, one of the guided tours included in the price of admission would be a good idea.  During the afternoon visit there are people on walking and horse-drawn wagon tours.  Apparently, if you place a child on a horse-drawn wagon, there is a good possibility of a mile-wide smile.  On the right the Bellis Home Grain Company Elevator (circa 1925-1930) soars into the sky.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada To the left, a view of the marsh-bordered shore of Goose Lake from the Causeway at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Off to the right an old grain elevator rises into the sky from the marsh-lined shore of Goose Lake at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Past the Causeway and over the railroad tracks, the Townsite (1925-1930) commercial or community support structures dominate the landscape.  Hanging a left past the old Alberta Lumber Company Office provides the opportunity to observe work underway in the Demchuk Blacksmith Shop.  At the high point above surrounding buildings is the visually striking Saint Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church.  There are four functional churches on the property.  Escorted entry may be provided on guided tours.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Commercial and community support buildings on the other side of the railroad tracks in Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Demchuk Blacksmith Shop to the left of the Alberta Lumber Company building in the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Canadian National Railway Station and the Grain Elevator were relocated from the east-central hamlet of Bellis and now reside at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church behind the Radway Postmaster's Garage at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek orthodox Church (circa 1925-1930) at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

   Demchuk Blacksmith Shop features a young man forging a large closed ring for one of the harness structures on the horse drawn carriages.  The shop is well equipped with all tools of the trade for the era.  The pungent, pleasant odor of the super-heated forge, fed by hand operated, mechanical bellows, permeates the shop. 

Behind the blacksmith's shop, which serves the real needs of this pioneer community, is the similarly functional Woodworking Shop where another live demonstration is underway using completely authentic and manual woodworking tools.  Buildings to the south of the blacksmith's shop are either under construction or locked, except for guided tours, so the walk continues past the Demchuk House towards the impressive St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at the top of the hill.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Demchuk Blacksmith Shop at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Work underway at the Demchuk Blacksmith Shop at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Demchuk Blacksmith Shop at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Woodworking Shop at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Beautiful wildflowers accent the Demchuk House behind the Demchuk Blacksmith Shop on the road to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The Wostock Hardware Store is across the street from the north facing entrance to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church.  Further up the road at the west perimeter of the village, Hewko House is under development near the Chernochan Machine  Shed and the Kitt Threshing Machine Shed

The photographic potential here is huge.  South sun into the camera compromises an attempt at capturing a horse-drawn plow tilling soil in front of false-fronted Kew Hall.  All the good light is on the other side of the horses.  The walk continues north on the road past the Luzan Grocery, (store at the front, dwelling at the back), and the Luzan Post Office to the predominantly Farmstead section featuring pioneer structures circa 1900 to 1919.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The north-facing front of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Wostok Hardware Store across the street from the entrance to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Hewko House is under development near the Chernochan Machine Shed (circa 1925-1930) at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Kitt Threshing Machine Shed occupies the photo right foreground.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A horse-drawn plow tilling the field in front of Kew Hall at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Luzan Grocery with the Luzan Post Office in the background at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The next encounter is at the pigsty with the Slemko Barn behind.  Near the Slemko Barn there is a tall, unusual cross at roadside which appears to be a normal cross with an extra slanted cross beam added at a lower level and is a roadside shrine with an undoubtedly interesting story behind it.  

The following building names have been titled as accurately as possible with confidence less than 100%.  Apologies, if necessary.  The experience is fascinating and like travelling back a hundred years in time.  All the sights, sounds and odors belong to rural pioneer life.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The pigsty and the Slemko Barn at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Slemko Barn at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Lakusta Barn at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Lakusta Grainary with the Hlus Chicken Coop in the background at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A horse-drawn carriage passing the Grekul Barn at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Lakusta Granary at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Grekul Barn at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Lakusta Granary at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Possibly a long lens view of the Hlus Chicken Coop at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Grekul House at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

The working clay oven (traditional pich) is an interesting feature among the relocated and restored pioneer buildings.  Time travel like this is amazing on a gorgeous day with a light breeze to buffer the warmth of the sun. 

On the return side of the loop through the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, a burdei is encountered beside a large, immaculate, vegetable garden with sporadically placed flowers, probably sympathetic partners to reduce disease and infestation naturally.  A burdei is a shelter with half of the structure beneath ground level and a roof above ground.  This one has plants growing tall in the sod roof.  A metal stovepipe sticks out from the top.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A traditional pich (clay oven) at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Rozwiyczuk Granary at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Makowichuk Barn at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Old wagon providing shade for the chickens at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A black sheep at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A Burdei adjacent to an immaculately kept garden at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Cool, sheltered forest trail leads from the burdei, used by newly arrived immigrants (circa 1900), to the back of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.  The pristine church resides in a field of tall grass competing with densely populated wildflowers.  A short walk down the church entrance road reveals the other side of the Bellis Home Grain Company Elevator which greeted the beginning of our walk.  Across the road from the grain elevator is the Andrew Alberta Provincial Police Post.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A pleasant forest walk between the burdei and the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Back at the other side of the Bellis Home Grain Co. Elevator in the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Andrew Alberta Provincial Police Post at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Andrew Alberta Provincial Police Post at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Walking towards the Bellis Canadian National Railway Station, there is an outstanding view uphill to the Hilliard Hotel.  Walking along the railroad tracks provides an excellent look at the detail of the Bellis Canadian National Railway Station.  All the buildings are kept true to their original décor and furnishings.  A lot of dedicated people have done a good job of creating and maintaining this special historical village.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada The Hilliard Hotel at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A front view of the Bellis Canadian National Railway Station at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada A last look back at pioneer building beyond the marsh-lined shoreline of Goose lake at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Returning across the Causeway over Goose Lake to Visitor Reception at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Brilliantly colored planters at the Visitor Reception Centre at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Leaving the Visitor Reception Area for ice cream at Food Services in the 'Silska Domika' Hospitality Centre, there are two buildings nearby missed on the way in. The first is Yurko House and the second larger property is Hawreliak House which hosts a large, fenced chicken coop.  On approach, all the chickens race over to the closest corner.  It would be nice to have chicken feed to share with them.

The bust of Dr. Jósef Olesków and the Centennial Pioneer Monument is nearby and Pylypow House is the muster point for groups to meet for activities.

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Yurko House at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Hawreliak House at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Either very friendly or starving chickens at Hawreliak House in the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Centennial Pioneer Monument at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

 

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Pylypow House at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

On a subsequent visit there are other buildings and features to explore.  The guided tour for background and history would be a good idea.  

The Ukrainian people have made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and, for that, they deserve a lot of credit and appreciation.  

Photographs for this post about the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village were captured on Monday, July 14, 2014 east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

 

 

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