New Program!

We are so excited to roll out our newest program!

AMS is founded upon three pillars: education, respect and inclusion. Further to those goals, we have developed a new “Experience Enhancement Program”. This is open to individuals, agencies and groups that work with anyone who has a disability and who may find it cost-prohibitive to be able to go out and enjoy some of the amazing events and/or sites that can be found in Alberta.

Purpose of the program: to make it easier for those who have barriers to enjoying outings, so they can come out and have an enjoyable experience with all the supports they may require.

What are we offering? If you require an aide or support in order to go out, we will offer free entry to support workers so that participants can fully enjoy any of our events. This year (2018) will include the Brooks Medieval Faire, but as AMS grows, other events will be added to our list. When the settlement site is ready to be open to the public, this program will be extended to the site itself and any programing that the site offers.

Who is eligible? Anyone who has a barrier that would impact their ability to visit events such as the Brooks Medieval Faire or other, similar, events. Individuals, support groups, agencies and others are free to contact us to make arrangements. There is no age limitation. We will ask that anyone who wishes to participate in this program should contact us to make arrangements so that we can make sure we are ready for you at the gate. We can be reached via email at

There should be no barrier to experiences that teach us where we came from. Everyone should have the ability to see, hear, feel and interact with living history. We will always strive to make our sites and events as accessible as we are able, and we encourage input from our visitors. We want everyone to feel welcome and supported when they come to see us.

We want everyone to have an adventure!


In The Beginning

We are often asked the question: “Where did the idea for Alberta Medieval come from?”

The answer is a bit of a story.

I was young in the St. Lawrence seaway area. Everywhere one turned, there was the evidence of history. The history of the First Nations, the history of English and French explorers. The history of growing pains as a new nation found its feet and began to define itself. Upper Canada Village was less than an hour away and I can recall many trips and experiences there.

But the real foundation of a dream came during teenage years in Nova Scotia.

Fortress Louisbourg was not far from home for us and we made many visits to this amazing site. I am in my fifties now, but I still remember the impact that the staff and experiences at the Fortress left me.

I still remember the sound of the shuttle on the loom and the feel of the tension of the warp. I remember how it felt when the tools were placed in my hands and, suddenly, I was carding raw wool. I recall the smell (not the most pleasant!!) of the wool being washed and dyed. I felt that I could clearly imagine what it was like to live during that time. It sparked a love, not only of history, but of weaving that remains to this day.

It was not so long ago, it seems, that I learned about Guedelon Castle, in France. Now, as an adult, I could look back upon a lifetime around historical reenactors, historians and hobbyists. All of the skills that I had acquired over the course of a life-time almost seemed to have been a path that lead to this place. Together with other members of a dedicated team, we could bring a love of hands-on learning to a whole new generation. We could bring history to life.

We can do that.

We have Alberta know-how. We are Alberta strong. We are Alberta creative.

It didn’t need to be someone else’s dream. It didn’t need to be something happening in another country.

We could build an adventure.

Let the adventure begin.