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Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre

Situated northwest of Edmonton, Fort Vermilion vies as the oldest town in Alberta with Fort Chipewyan. Located just north of the 58th degree of latitude, the Clarke Housesettlement played an instrumental role in determining the northern Alberta boarder because of the importance of its flour and lumber mills.

The Fort Vermilion main street is composed of small stores retail outlets, a modern Community Library, and historic buildings such as the Bay Factor's house Cookhouse, stretch for six kilometres along the banks of the Peace River.

Atop the hill overlooking the community is the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre at the Community and Cultural Complex. The centre's Learn-to Museum and Archives exhibit displays the history of the people and places in Alberta' vast northern wilderness.

Lean-To Museum & ArchivesThe collections and exhibits include prehistoric bison bones, first nations heritage, fur trade and families, life along the mighty peace, the Dominion Experimental Farm, Buttertown as well as general community and natural history.

Another must see is the Visitor Log House, a rustic, hand-hewn, dove-tailed log structure built circa 1923 which is home to the visitors' centre. Within the log house there are further displays, northern crafts, souvenirs, heritage pamphlets, tourist information services, vacation booklets and maps.

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