Ukraine via Edmonton


With over a thousand years of history, Ukraine is a proud, independent country with a rich culture and traditions all its own. Several Ukrainians have made their home in Edmonton over the years, starting with the very first waves of European immigrants and settlers in the late 19th century. Today, the Edmonton metropolitan region boasts the largest Ukrainian-Canadian population in Canada. Celebrate the culture and heritage of Ukraine with these shops, events, and sights in and around Edmonton!

Ukrainian Flag against a blue sky

1) Ukrainian restaurants
One of the best ways to share and connect with different cultures is through food, and you’ve got lots of options for delicious Ukrainian food in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of regional dishes from Taste of Ukraine in St, Albert, hearty perogies and cabbage rolls at Uncle Ed’s in Edmonton, or delicious sausage rings and cured meats at Stawnichy’s in Mundare. No matter what you choose, you’ll find comforting, delicious food that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.

2) Shumka Dancers
One of Edmonton’s most famous and beloved dance troupes, the Shumka Dancers have been entertaining audiences with their high-energy performances, dazzling costumes, and gravity-defying leaps since 1959. As Canada’s only professional Ukrainian Dance company, Shumka frequently tours the country but can often be found performing in their home city. Their dances showcase the vibrancy, joy, humour, and heart of Ukrainian folklore and folk traditions. See them live at the Jubilee Auditorium April 7–8 for Shumka on Tour!

3) Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts Artisan Gallery & Boutique

This local boutique showcases the best in local and Ukrainian arts and crafts made using traditional techniques passed down through generations. Find handcrafted jewelry, leather accessories, books and CDs, and more. Plus, with dozens of upcoming workshops on everything from making pysanky eggs to stitching and embroidery to baking paska bread, you can become a part of the legacy and learn these traditional crafts for yourself! Get an ACUA membership to get discounts on workshops, plus access to exclusive events.

4) Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Located 50 km east of Edmonton on Highway 16, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an open-air heritage museum dedicated to preserving, sharing, and commemorating the history of Ukrainian settlers in Canada. Covering the time period between 1899 and 1930, the museum features over 40 restored buildings that have been relocated to the area. Engage with costumed interpreters, explore a variety of exhibits, and even meet friendly farm animals! You can visit the museum during select dates June–September, along with special seasonal events.

5) Vegreville Pysanka Egg
One of Alberta’s most famous man-made landmarks, the Pysanka, or Easter Egg, is located in the town of Vegreville, 100 km east of Edmonton along the Yellowhead Highway. Measuring 31 feet long and over three storeys high, weighing over 3000 lbs (1360 kg)—the second largest in the world—the egg was built in 1975 to commemorate both the centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the long legacy of Ukrainian-Canadian communities in the region. Even Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip made sure to stop by on their trip in 1978, en route to opening the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

6) Orbit Ukrainian Store
Books, clothing, home decor, and more… you’ll find anything and everything Ukrainian at this local shop. Show off your Ukrainian pride with flags, shirts, and pendants depicting the traditional tryzub, or trident, an ancient symbol of Ukraine. They also stock up on supplies for making pysanky eggs, as well as perogy and pastry makers. Don’t miss their selection of delectable Ukrainian sweets and chocolates!

The Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF), in partnership with the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress, is currently accepting donations to The Ukraine Humanitarian Relief Committee. You can find out more and make a contribution through the CUF website.


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