Fort Calgary Historic Park, Calgary
A true character of Victorian Imperial times, James MacLeod's history, his contributions to Calgary, Canada and the NorthWest Mounted Police are commemorated outside of old Fort Calgary. He established the police fort here from which the City later developed. Relations between Canada and Natvie Americans have been smoother, in general, than those found south in the US and MacLeod was one fo the reasons for the amicable developments. After seving as commissioner for the NWMP, MacLeod went on to serve a a Judge for the then vast Northwest Territory. You can find his name all over Calgary today.
Established as a way post between Fort MacLeod and Canadian points east, by Colonel James MacLeod, at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow Rivers, this NorthWest Monted Police fort served as the beginning point for what Calgary is today. Open parkland on the west side of the fort, serves to isolate the fort from the modern city beyond lending a bit more perspective as to the history of Calgary, its founding father, james MacLeod, and the NWMP - which has evolved into today's Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Fort Calgary Calgary began in 1875 as Fort Calgary, built across from the Bow River byThe Northwest Mounted Police. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway bought the land in 1914, and tore the fort down, but left the superintendant's home standing (The Deane House). In 1975, the land was reclaimed by the city, and archeologists began work to uncover remains of the old fort and other buildings. Today, the fort walls are reconstructed along with other buildings, and there is an interpretive centre as well.(750 9th Ave SE, phone 290-1875--www.fortcalgary.com)
The Deane House The Deane house is the only original building left from the fort. Built in 1906 for the superintendent of the fort, Captain Richard Deane, it was restored in 1975 and is a designated historical site. It is now a restaurant, and it's claim to fame nowadays is that it is probably the most haunted building in Calgary. You are free to tour the building, and if you go upstairs into the main room, there is a blood stain in the closet that can't be removed, and changes in size from time to time. There is also a mystery dinner theatre at the house in the evenings.(806 9th Avenue SW, phone 269-7747--www.fortcalgary.com)
Fort Calgary is where the settlement of Calgary began. Displays in the interpretive centre cover the life of Natives, early pioneers, and the North West Mounted Police, Canada's world-renowned Mounties, who arrived in 1875 to establish law and order. To do so, they built a fort at the crossing of two rivers. Across the Elbow River is the Deane House Historic site & Restaurant. During the summer, tour the re-constructed Fort (in progress).
Calgary Fort is a worthy historical site for the history buffs. Sure it's got its tour groups of kids, and a multitude of recreations and information walls but hey that is what documenting history is about.
The cost was about $10.50 Canadian. But if you get the Calgary brochures there is a 25% discount bringing it down to $8.90 or so after tax.
The place to discover the past of Calgary...I have not been inside...but I saw it from the park that is located on the other side of the Elbow river...and along the path, there is an explanation about the history of Calgary...and furthermore you have a nice view of downtown :-)
Visiting Fort Calgary Historic Park is like being in a time machine. Not so long ago, though.
My family had so much fun there we didn't notice the time. We spent about 3 hours there. Doing what???? Picture-taking. The memorabilias were just great.
All that's left of the original fort is a turn of the century barracks, regardless the museum on the sight gives a good view on Calgary history and the history of the fort.