Heritage Park Historical Village
1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB
Enjoy a cone overflowing with homemade ice cream while wandering the wooden sidewalks of the picturesque Heritage Park, Canada’s largest Historical Village, and be instantly transported back to life in the early 20th century.
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Profile Last Updated: April 06, 2009
Completed in April of 2009, Heritage Town Square is touted as "Calgary's Newest Entertainment District". Located in front of the park gates, the Town Square is open year-round and admission is free. The sights and sounds include the Haskayne Mercantile Block, which consists of five specialty shops stocking Canadian foods, traditional toys and antique clothing. The Selkirk Grille is a "uniquely vintage" restaurant, open daily for lunch or dinner. Tour the Big Rock Interpretive Brewery and discover the secret behind Alberta's brews, and then go for a stroll through the Bissett Wetlands, which are comprised of two acres of natural area threaded through with interpretive trails. By day, the Gasoline Alley Museum contains interactive displays of vintage vehicles, some with notorious histories as part of thr rum running trade. At night, Gasoline Alley takes on a whole new personality, serving as one of Calgary's most interesting banquet and event locations, easily catering for a sit-down dinner for 400 or a cocktail reception for 1,200.
A City Within A City
Neatly tucked away in a peaceful spot on the shores of Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir, Heritage Park authentically re-creates a bustling town of 1910, complete with a Town Hall, General Store, Hotel, snooker parlour and one-room school. Nearly all of the buildings have been preserved in their original state, and many are open to the public, with artful displays in each room featuring period tools, furniture and fashions.
Interactive Alberta History
Among the numerous attractions on-site are the Canmore Opera House, built in 1898 and perhaps the only log opera house on the planet, a fort-like Hudson’s Bay Trading Company Post circa 1860 and the Claresholm General Store, which dates back to the Crowsnest Pass’ boom-town era of 1905. Cabins and teepees represent those who roughed it in the wilderness, and stately homes of sandstone several storeys depicts the lifestyle of upper-class city folk. The park’s charming amusement park has period rides such as a ferris wheel offering great views of the park, a colourful carousel that dates to 1904 and the breezy Dangler Swings, which seem to make day-to-day worries just float away. The park can be enjoyed on foot, by horse-drawn carriage, or even aboard a chugging, whistling and heaving steam train.
Bring Friends – Lots of Them!
Tour groups are welcome, and have their choice of packages such as the Hands on History Tour, where participants dress for the times and take part in the daily activities of the time, or the Spirits of the West tour, which features an evening of live theatre and food. Heritage Park is open daily from May to September each year, on weekends throughout September and then closes until the following year. However, the park is open year-round to functions of all sizes, up to and including weddings and corporate Christmas parties.