Logo of Days of Yore. Come to Didsbury Alberta on August 3 and 4, 2024 to celebrate Alberta's Heritage Weekend strolling through the past from 800 to 1945. Days of Yore is an outdoor living history festival entertaining and educating the public to cultural traditions, lifestyles, and activities of bygone eras through authentic representation of those times.
Stroll through the encampments at the 2023 Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 5 and 6. ULFRAENDI VIKINGS
The Ulfraendi Vikings live to learn and teach the history of a once strong and fierce society of people who thrived during 850-900 AD. At Days of Yore, they'll be showing the way of battle in shield walls, one-on-one live steel combat, and the simplest of tent living and day-to-day lifestyles. There is expected to be some kulning, music, Kiddie Vik, and possibly an active ground forge. Remember to ask how they kept themselves warm and fed in a Viking encampment!
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. DRAGONS OWN MEDIEVAL COMBAT
By combining historical realism with a touch of fantasy, and just a little poetic license, the Dragons Own Medieval Combat Group provides a show that will thrill and entertain young and old alike. The Dragon's Own use real weapons in battle, relying on extensive training and skills to bring medieval combat and tournament to life. Kids are going to love the games medieval knights and their ladies played too!
Alberta 18th Century Reenactors are historians who cover the period from the peace of Westphalia (1648), which ended the Thirty Year's War, through the Fall of New France (1760) when egos of Kings cost so much to ordinary people. This group is looking forward to sharing their knowledge of the history of this time period.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. EDMONTON HOUSE BRIGADE
The Edmonton House Brigade is an historical group that focuses on sharing the stories, lifestyles, and methods of doing things during the Western Canadian Fur Trade. Stop by the encampment to watch an ongoing fur hide tanning demonstration throughout the weekend. Their members come from all walks of life, racial identities, and ages - some bead, woodwork, shoot black powder muskets, weave, or even blacksmith!
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. VICTORIAN SOCIETY OF ALBERTA
Likely the second largest encampment at Days of Yore is home to the Victorian Society of Alberta. You may recall the "Victorian Internet", a working telegraph office that's expanding even further this year! Plus they always have activities like croquet, travelling schoolroom lessons, hand crafting and laundry demonstrations. Be sure to check out the medical items in the casualty clearing station. You might just decide the Victorian area is the place for calm and restoration of one's nerves amongst the clash of swords, cannon blasts and noises from the battle groups.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. YANKEE VALLEY HISTORICAL
While the historical significance of the Yankee Valley Historical Society mostly centres around the American Civil War, this fighting military group also has a Canadian angle. There are many stories of the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by African-American slaves to escape into Canada. This is a story not told at other events. This year, they expect to incorporate a Field Hospital into their camp complete with a surgeon and the medical implements of the day.
These historians will be set up in full kit, authentic down to the last button in the August heat. They portray members of the legendary 10th Battalion C.E.F as they appeared from 1914-1918 during the Great War. The 10th Battalion was a unit of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), specifically in the 1st Canadian Division. This Battalion participated in every major Canadian battle of the First World War, and set a record for the most decorations earned by a Canadian unit in a single battle at Hill 70.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE
The First Special Service Force Living History Association preserves and honours the legacy of the real First Special Service Force that fought in World War II. The FSSF was an elite special forces unit put together by Canada and the United States, highly trained in many skills including parachuting, amphibious landings, skiing, mountaineering, demolitions, and close quarters combat. These historians reenact front line combat and daily living conditions with utmost attention to detail and authenticity.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024.
Stroll through the encampments at the Days of Yore festival in Didsbury Alberta, August 3 and 4, 2024. PRAIRIE MOTOR BRIGADE
The Prairie Motor Brigade is a dedicated group of vintage Military Vehicle collectors, restorers and devoted to maintaining military history. These folks do it for historical reasons, to raise the understanding and appreciation of historic military vehicles, to preserve a piece of history and remember the past - and they all love coming to Days of Yore! The crowd always enjoys seeing the military vehicles - at Days of Yore, we fondly call them our "Military Show & Shine". Oh, and remember to ask for tips on how to prolong the life of their batteries!!
300 Boeing Stearmans were used by RAF Elementary Flying Training Schools in Canada. Some arrived in 1942 and served at Bowden, Alberta. The Bowden station was one of the only ones in Canada to operate the Stearman during WWII.  They served at No. 32 EFTS (Bowden) until December 1943. 700 WING RCAFA
Since its inception in 1924, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has served Canadians in peace and war. The 700 (City of Edmonton) Wing RCAF Association invites everyone to Days of Yore as we mark 100 years of service and showcase the Royal Canadian Air Force of the past, present, and future. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to honour, celebrate, and inspire Canadians. Members will be highlighting the RCAF's contributions to national safety and security, international peace, and global stability. A couple of flybys will top off our celebrations!

Supporting arts, culture & heritage in Carstairs, Cremona, Didsbury, Olds, Sundre and the surrounding Central Alberta communities between Red Deer and Calgary.
Logo designed by Joel Windsor. Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program was created to help you celebrate your community, its past and its present. Situated where the foothills of the Canadian Rockies meet the fertile plains, Mountain View County is in the heart of Alberta's Calgary - Edmonton corridor. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides support to arts organizations, giving them the power to inspire minds, encourage expression, foster creativity, and contribute to Alberta's economy. Mountain View Arts Society is the main sponsor for Days of Yore.  Their logo was designed by Didsbury artist, Lyle Schulz. Book an RV through CanaDream and travel to great festivals like Days of Yore!
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We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.
Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, indigenous and non, who live, work and play and help us steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation.