Downtown Calgary Walk

October 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm

Have you ever wondered about the archaeology that lies beneath Calgary’s downtown? Wanted to know more about the evolution of our city and the surrounding area? Or have you just wanted to feel like a tourist in your own city?
The ASA is offering a downtown walking tour this October. It’s free. It’s outside. It’s your city. So come join us for a two hour walk around downtown.
Space is limited but if need be we may add a second day.
Contact us at to sign up!!

Edworthy Park Walking Tour

The ASA-Calgary Centre would like to invite you to our free walking tour of Edworthy Park on Sunday, September 23 from 10:30-12. Join us for a fun, informative ramble through the ages to reveal the unique facets of one of Calgary’s recreational gems. We’ll be exploring the fascinating geological, archaeological and historic past of this popular spot and learn why it has been a local hot spot for many millennia. Glacial lakes, stone circles, and sandstone quarrying are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Space is limited so please preregister to attend. Preregister by e-mailing Registrants will be emailed with more appropriate parking info, map, etc.

Tour at McDougall Memorial United Church

Please join the McDougall Stoney Mission Society on July 7 at 11:00am or 2:00pm at the McDougall Memorial United Church Site for a site tour and talk with Dr. Margaret Kennedy. There will be two tours, so choose the time that works best for you! Dr. Kennedy led a detailed archeological study of the Morleyville Mission settlement in 1984 and 1985, and will share her findings and interpretations of what she found at one of southern Alberta’s most significant historic sites.

We will walk around the lower ledge where she did the excavation, so please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. A great learning opportunity for all ages! Pack a picnic if you like, it’s another great way to enjoy the site!

Admission is by donation. They are a non-profit society and depend on your donations to keep providing these informative sessions at the site.
Visit for more information or contact

Cluny Tour June 16th

If you are unable to attend the volunteer excavations at Cluny, do not worry! The ASA is having a special tour on Saturday, June 16th at the Cluny Fortified Village. Find out how the site is shaping up this season and checkout the amazing interpretive center at Blackfoot Crossing. There is a small fee for the interpretive center that must be paid to also visit the archaeological site.

Weather is always changing so prepare to dress accordingly. Also, we suggest you pack your own lunch and water as there will not be any provided.

Head-Smashed-In Tour: June 2nd

Please join the Archaeological Society on a field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Head-Smashed-In (HSI) Buffalo Jump on Saturday, June 2nd. Bus will depart from south end of Calgary at 7:45 am. Expect to be back in Calgary around 5:30pm. The field trip will include a walking tour of the drive lanes at HSI; we encourage wearing sturdy footwear and to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. There is no cost for the field trip thanks to a generous donation from Plains Midstream.

*To register please email:

The trip is limited to 48 participants and registration will be on a “first registered first served” basis. Preregistration is required to attend. A wait list will be compiled if necessary. Once registration is confirmed, a map will be provided to the bus meeting place.

**Please note that lunch and water will not be provided.
*** We suggest bringing a bag lunch as we will be touring the drive lanes over lunch.

Stone Circle Mapping

*Please note this event is through the Lethbridge Center*
May 26th- May 27th

ASA – Lethbridge Center requires volunteers to aid in the mapping and recording of approximately 50 stone circles at a previously recorded site along the Little Bow River. Dr. Peter Dawson from the University of Calgary will be joining and demonstrating the use of drones with multi-spectral imaging to map the site and help locate other rings that may be hidden.

*Please note that you must be an ASA member to attend. If you haven’t bought your membership yet, the cost is $10 for students and $20 for individuals or families.Please email to RSVP

Brazeau Reservoir Public Survey

May 26th @ Brazeau Reservoir PRA

Tree Time Services Inc. is sponsoring the Archaeological Society of Alberta’s (ASA) public survey of the Brazeau Reservoir. TTSI team members and volunteers from the ASA will be on hand to lead a survey and teach people how to spot artifacts in the exposed sands. In past years, people have found many projectile points, boiling pits, and ancient horse fossils.

The event is free for ASA members. For more information or to become part of the ASA, contact

Writing on Stone Tour

*Please note this Tour is through the Lethbridge Centre*

***Re Scheduled for May 19th***

Come tour Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park’s newly acquired lands in the West Block and Heffner Coulee. Tour will be lead by interpreters from WOSPP. There will be a weiner roast in the campground after the tour concludes.

*Please note that the attendance will be capped at 30 people and you must be an ASA member to attend. If you haven’t bought your membership yet, the cost is $10 for students and $20 for individuals or families.Please email to RSVP

4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap In

4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap in

Sept 1-4/2017

at the Ft Whoop Up Black Powder Range, Lethbridge AB

Host Barry Rogers, 403 678 5041

We will join the Black Powder Rendezvous so bring some points and knives to sell to them at the auction and anything else they may want. Any knapper with a black powder gun can participate in the shoots. They must have insurance or purchase it from the Black Powder Club for $5. It is located in the valley close to the confluence of the St Marys River and the Old Man River, near the original site of Ft Whoop Up. Free camping will be available on the banks of the Old Man river to preregistered knappers and a $10 attendance fee will be charged for nonregistered knappers and visitors.  Period dress is preferred but not mandatory.

Master Knappers from Canada and the US will be available to instruct those who want to learn or improve their knapping skills. This is an opportunity to meet many knappers with varying skills and experiences. Rock and tools will be available.

Many may choose to visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Fort Macleod, about 40 miles west of Lethbridge or Writing on Stone Park east of Milk River.

If you are a knapper or a wannabe knapper and wish to attend, register as soon as possible with Barry Rogers at or 403-678-5041.  This will help us plan our forth Canadian Ft Whoop Up Knap-In and to secure a camping site for you. Rock and tools will be available to use, you must supply eyeglass must be worn to protect ones eye from flying rock shards. The weather man has promised warm dry weather .There will be an archery/atlatl range. We expect 20 to 30 Knappers and 40 to 50 Blackpowder shooters.

There is no entry fee for the Knappers, wannabes  and their families.  You must register for a camping site either trailer or tent, no services, n open field in beside the Old Man River.  There is lots of room for trailers, and tents.  Public toilets on site are available; no power or water.

A full service camp ground (Bridgeview RV Resort, 403-381-2357) in the river valley off of Highway #3 is available a short drive away if you require full services, call to make a reservation.

Hotels:  Are available at the south end of mayor Macgrath Dr.

Lethbridge has supermarkets, Costco, Wal-Mart etc.  There is a trailer dump station and potable city water available at the Tourist Information Hut (403-320-1222) on the corner of Mayor Magrath Dr. and Scenic Drive So.  A multitude of food, hotels, restaurants and stores are located in the south end of Mayor Magrath Dr in Lethbridge no far from the camping site.

Arriving – Go north on Mayor Macgrath Dr towards the airport and follow the signs to get to the Knap-In:  GPS coordinates are 49°37.516, W 112°50.813  for the range

From the East and West on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3)  –  Entering Lethbridge from on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3), turn South onto Maryor Magrath Dr, go South (8 Km, or 5 Miles) and turn right on TSR 82 and follow the signs to  the site.

From the South coming in on Highway #4 (from Coutts US/Canada Border Crossing):  –  Follow Highway #4 to the intersection of Mayor Magrath Drive turn south on Mayor Magrath Dr to TSR 82 and follow the signs to the site

Note – A passport is required to enter Canada and return to the U.S.  Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) indicate both citizenship and identity and are valid for entry into Canada by land or sea, though not valid for international air travel. As of January 2009, these licenses are only available in Washington and New York.

We have a very limited data base to send this invitation to, ask any knapper or knapper wanntabes if they received this invite, if they would like to be included please forward their names, tel # and emails to Barry Rogers.

If you have questions call Barry Rogers, 403-678-5041 or email


Set up Noon on

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.

Knapping 8 am to whenever
11 am and 2 pm 2” goat contests
6 pm Pot Luck and Corn Supper with the Black Powder Shooters, all will bring pot luck salads deserts etc. for everyone about 30 knappers and 60 Black Powder peoples

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.
Pot Luck leftovers for lunch

Noon Break up, you can camp Monday nite if you want time to search the Oldman River for fossils and ammonites.


Go south of Lethbridge on Hyw 5 turn right on to TWP 82 (82A), go about 1.5 miles west to a T intersection turn left on to Range Rd 215 go 1 mile and turn right on to TWP Rd 81 go another mile and turn right at the Black Powder Range sign and go north about a mile down into the valley the range is on the left.

Bearspaw Heritage Day

On Saturday, June 24th, the Bearspaw Historical Society is celebrating their heritage. On Canada’s centennial in 1967, the Homesteader’s Rock with the names of 110 homestead families was placed at the corner of Lochend Road and Township Road 262. Fifty years later, this Memorial Rock is now located at the Historic School site in Bearspaw. With its rededication to our early pioneers on June 24th, it will be the centre of our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

They want you to come on down and join in on the festivities. There will be food, fun, community groups, homesteader stories and pictures, music, dance, dignitaries, flag raising ceremony at 1 pm, costumes, games, prizes and much more!!

You can find the ASA-CC and many other groups in the community together at 253253 Bearspaw Road. For more information go to or email the Bearspaw Historical Society at