Set on the eastern banks of the Glenmore reservoir, Heritage Park allows you to step back in time to walk among the buildings of real western towns. Not just facades, these are real buildings that have been transported, reassembled and restored to their former glory. Staff in period dress are in attendance to answer questions and keep you in the mode. Be sure to stop by the ice cream shop or general store for some candy.
Heritage Park is Canada's largest living historical village, located just 15 minutes from downtown. Heritage Park has over 100 buildings and exhibits spread over 66 acres. It recreates the feel of pre-1915 prairie life. You can walk down Main Street, ride a train drawn by a steam locomotive; cruise around the Reservoir on the S.S. Moyie paddlewheeler, and enjoy the antique kid's midway. The Park features a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains up the Elbow Valley. Heritage Park is open during the summer (and for Christams festivals).
Heritage Park is a "historical village", showing how the pioneers lived as they settled in Western Canada. The park is open daily through the summer and on weekends through parts of the spring and fall. In the winter, Heritage Park is only open for special events, such as Halloween and Christmas. Admission rates range from about $14 per adult to $9 for a child, plus the cost of going on any old-fashioned rides.
We visited the park on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't very busy. The park is divided into several areas, including the Midway Rides (a carousel, ferris wheel and early model Tilt-a-Whirl were the star attractions), a typical prarie town, an "Indian" "encampment" and a model trading fort. Most of the buildings are original and quite well-preserved; in many you can explore both the upper and lower floors, taking in original furnishings and decorations. There is also an area devoted to livestock, where you can check out cows, horses, pigs, sheep and chickens. If the park is too big for you, for $3 you can buy a ticket on the full-sized steam train that regularly circles the park, stopping along the way.
Although we all agreed our visit didn't meet our expectations, we saw a lot of kids having a lot of fun. Heritage Park might not be your first stop if you're over twelve, but if you're traveling with children it's definitely worth a visit.
See what life was like in the early 1900's! Over 150 buildings complete with inhabitants from turn-of-the-century Alberta. Ride a steamship, a steamtrain or a horse-drawn wagon. All these activities and many more are available in Heritage Park.
Hmmm, I sound like an ad for Heritage Park. We quite enjoy Heritage Park. We've gone a few times -- it's a place you can go back every couple of years and enjoy all over again.
They employ university students to play the parts of inhabitants of a 1910 town. They have to be good in history - we were grilling the NWMP constable for information, and of course he has to remain in 1910 character.
Cost in 2006 ranges from $9.50 (kid) to $24.50 (adult & rides) per person. If you go twice a year, the annual pass is cheaper.
I had a great time at the Heritage Museum, its like a small village and you enter houses where people talk to you about times past.
Get out and about to Banff.
Go on a hike. See as much as you can.
Western and Alberta history awaits at Heritage Park. Nestled in south west Calgary next to the Glenmore resevoir this historical/ amusement park will be well enjoyed by people of all ages. A flood of childhood memories for the senior that visits and an eye opener for the younger folk. among the main draws, visit well maintained historical buildings from all over Alberta. Be sure to visit the kiddie rides and grab a tasty hard ice cream cone. Go for a ride on a steam locomotive now powered by used motor oil! Take a ride on the SS Moyie wheeled steam ship. All staff are dressed in period appropriate dress. About 13.00 cdn for adults. allow 2-4 hours at least.
Heritage Park is a cool little Pioneer village, with amazing people working there who can sure tell a good story. Highlights were the HAT stories in the Hudson Bay trading Post, and the Printing Press. A REAL old printing press that still works...it is crazy to think a newspaper once took SO much work. There is affordable food, a great old steam train, and a nice boat ride over the Glenmore Resevoir which is really pretty. A very enjoyable day. (for families, or for a bunch of adults)
I used to love this place when i was a child. It is not hudge but a good day of fun for a family. You are basically walking into a village from the early 1900's. It is very well dont but hasn't been expanded to my knowledge, for years. My favorite thing is the steam train that you can ride all the way around the park. This is probably not a place a teenager would have a lot of fun but young kids are trilled to learn how to make butter or riding around in an old horse drawn carriage. Defently a place to see for not too much money.
one of the many nice things aboot calgary, is the man made lake within the city limits. Heritage park is a nice place to hang out with the family and take in some history while you are there.