Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village transports visitors back into the early days of the city and show what life was like on prairie homesteads. Fun family attractions and adult events are held regularly, and each has its own flavour. Here, we’ve compiled an easy-to-consult list that adventure-seekers can check no matter what time of year they’re heading to Calgary’s Heritage Park.
MAY TO OCTOBER AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Settlement and Aboriginal Encampment
Venture past the tracks and discover Heritage Park’s settlement area. Learn how to become a voyageur in the Hudson Bay Company Fur Trading Fort, head into one of the teepees to listen to the stories of the First Nations people or train to join the circa-1880 North West Mounted Police. After all that hard work, enjoy a cold drink at Drew’s Saloon—a heritage building that functions as a real bar.
ALL YEAR LONG AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Gasoline Alley Museum
Explore two levels packed full of beautifully restored vintage vehicles, gas pumps and hundreds of signs. Open year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MAY TO OCTOBER AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Discover Trains
Learn about Canada’s rich rail history by riding an authentic steam train around the park and touring the many historically important rail cars on display in the Roundhouse and Railway Car shop.
FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Noteworthy Nights Dinner and Concert Series
Enjoy a buffet dinner in the rustic setting of the Gunn’s Dairy Barn, then head over to the historic Canmore Opera House for a live and intimate concert with some of Canada’s finest musicians. February 15, March 15 and April 19, 2013.
MAY AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Day Out With Thomas
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends make a stop at Heritage Park—one of only three places in Canada that will receive them. Kids can ride aboard an actual Thomas train, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy Thomas-themed activities. May 4 to 5 and 11 to 12, 2013.
JULY AND AUGUST AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Paddle Wheeler Boat Rides
Enjoy a relaxing ride on Calgary’s only paddle wheeler ship, the S.S. Moyie. There are 20-minute jaunts during the day and two-hour cruises in the evenings. See breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown Calgary that you’ll only see on the water of the Glenmore Reservoir. The boat boards every Thursday evening from July 18 to August 29, 2013.
HALLOWEEN AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Ghouls’ Night Out, Ghosts & Gourmet
Ghouls’ Night Out is a family event that includes a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Tinkerman’s Toy Shop of Horrors, a Halloween dance, crafts and more. It happens evenings, from 6 to 9, on the days leading up to Halloween. Ghosts and Gourmet is for older kids and includes dinner and drinks in the Wainwright Hotel, followed by an eerie ghost tour of the dark and deserted historical village. Check it out on October 30 and 31.
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FALL AND WINTER AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Breakfast!
Enjoy a hearty, home-style breakfast buffet that won’t break the bank. It’s served on Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Wainwright Hotel from October to April (although not in December). To check if the breakfast is on, consult the schedule here.
FALL AND WINTER AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Story Time
From October to April, kids gather every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Gasoline Alley Museum to hear classic tales like Snow White and Winnie the Pooh.
CHRISTMAS AT CALGARY’S HERITAGE PARK: Once Upon a Christmas
Experience the magic of Christmas past. Sing carols in the cozy warmth of the church, snuggle under blankets on a horse-drawn wagon ride, decorate gingerbread men and visit three of the park’s historical homes decked out for the holidays. You can even pick up unique gifts for people on your Christmas list. The event happens every weekend from late November to December 23.
Calgary’s Heritage Park is located at 1900 Heritage Dr. SW. The Historical Village is open daily from the May long weekend until Labour Day, then weekends-only until Thanksgiving. Please click here for a map, reviews and further information about the park.
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