This is Canada's largest historical park. In it is are replicas of Edmonton at various times in young history.
The centrepiece is the old Fort. First built by the Hudson's Bay Company over 200 years ago as a fur trade post, the Fort gives a glimpse of what life was like in Western Canada back in the 18th Century, and tells the story of how Western Canada was explored. It gives some insight as well to the aboriginal history and culture.
Outside of the Fort are three streets depicting three different eras of Edmonton life: 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street. Along the way you will learn about how Edmonton became a town, how the Klondike goldrush transformed Edmonton, the First World War's effect on Edmontonians, etc. You will see an old corner store, a restored old hotel that you can stay at, Canada's first mosque, and many more.
You can walk around the entire park - although it is fairly large. The other modes of transportation include a streetcar and a steam locomotive. You might even be able to catch a wagon ride.
You can see photos of the Park at:
My relatives were recently here visiting from Germany. Among other things, we took them to Fort Edmonton Park in the Edmonton River Valley.
The site is an historical one that has been.... modified slightly to show the evolution of Edmonton. You may start at the Old Fort of 1846 and work your way up through the years, on 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street. Costumed guides and other historical characters will gladly help you along!
WHAT TO DO:
You can take antique vehicle rides, play pioneer children's games and penny arcades, learn to bead, play pool, darts and horseshoes, take aim at the shooting gallery, or try out 1920s style miniature golf. You can ride the streetcars, or the horse-drawn buggies, or take the steam train. Eat pemmican and homemade bread. There are always many activities to do and sights to see.
I could have spent HOURS here. There are so many interesting details to learn and explore (if you're into that - which I am!).
I think that this is the best that Edmonton has to offer. It has free steam engine train and streetcar rides, as well as other rides such as wagon, stagecoach, pony and buggy. Pretty cool.
Fort Edmonton (originally named Edmonton House) was established in 1795 as a trading post on the North Saskatchewan River. In 1915, the fort was dismantled. In 1969, reconstruction of the fort began five kilometres upstream from its final site, representing it as it stood in 1846. This marked the beginning of Fort Edmonton Park, which has become one of the city's premier tourist attractions. The Park represents four distinct time periods, exploring Edmonton's development from a fur trade post in the vast Northwest, to a booming metropolitan centre after the First World War.
The park features over 75 structures many of which are the originals. Costumed interpreters operate the site and live the way of the past. Exploring each building, each room, and talking to the 'inhabitants' makes for great time.
Fort Edmonton is a huge historic park that recreates life in Edmonton from the early beginnings of Fort Edmonton (1846) to the early 20th century. You can easily spend an entire day going from one historic building to the next located on three streets recreating the city in 1885, 1905 and 1920.
Fort Edmonton was first established in 1795 by the Hudson's Bay Company. This was the beginning of Edmonton. One hundred and thirth people lived inside the Fort palisade in 1846. The sixth Fort Edmonton is located on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River, it has been recreated for us to visit and relive the past.
For more pictures and Information on Fort Edmonton check out my Fort Edmonton travelog.
The park is a living history at its best. Experience Edmonton's history at the 1846 fort and on the streets of 1885, 1905 and 1920. Also offers steam train and street car rides for visitors.