History you can see, touch, smell and talk to.

Heritage Park features over 180 attractions and exhibits that reflect the challenges, lives and victories experienced by the generations responsible for the settlement of Western Canada. In many cases, the houses, stores and machinery at each exhibit are original. Thousands of Western Canada’s historical treasures have been generously donated and relocated to the Park.

As an accredited museum, Heritage Park is proud to preserve and share history in a way that lets visitors experience it with all five senses. Our costumed interpreters add another dimension to the immersive historical experience and bring our attractions and exhibits to life.

The Park’s attractions and exhibits span Western Canadian history from the 1860s to 1950s, and are situated in four locations around the Park:

  • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and First Nations Encampment
  • 1880s Pre-railway Settlement
  • c.1910 Prairie Railway Town
  • 1930s, '40s and '50s Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square

Browse the Park’s exhibits below to learn more about where the Park’s vast historical offerings originated and how they came to call Heritage Park home.


 

 

Cottage Hospital and Carriage Shed

Several towns in Alberta, including Lethbridge, Strathcona, Bassano and Coleman, established their first hospitals in cottages. These cottage hospitals were small, temporary and poor, and did not have proper antiseptics or sanitary measures by our standards, with surgery often conducted on the dining room table...

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Dangler Swings

Fritz Kreis, a leading German manufacturer of amusement park rides, built this swing in 1920 as a one-off project. Before the Dangler Swings were acquired by Jim Conklin, this ride was the largest of its kind in Europe...

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Dentist's Office

Adequate dental care was largely absent from the Northwest Territories before the turn of the 20th century. In 1883, there were only two dentists in what would later become the province of Alberta, and due to distance, most settlers simply endured toothaches until they became unbearable...

 

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Didsbury Bandstand

Even though musical instruments were fragile and often unwieldy, many settlers brought them along when they came west. When enough musicians could be rounded up, often a small village band would form, and many towns, including Olds, High River, Blairmore and Calgary, built bandstands for their bands in public parks or squares...

 

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Dingman No.1 Discovery Well

In 1911, an amateur geologist named William Stewart Herron discovered oil seeping through the ground in the foothills south of Calgary. He didn't know it then, but his discovery would launch Alberta's oil industry. Herron hired Archibald Wayne Dingman to supervise the drilling, and the two founded Calgary Petroleum Products (CPP). With the help of prominent investors, the company started drilling the Calgary Petroleum Products No. 1 Well (informally known as the Dingman Well), and struck oil on May 14, 1914 at 2,700'...


 

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Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm


 

Historical Village

Historical Village

Closed for Winter Season
Open May 20, 2017

 

Haskayne Mercantile Block

Gift Shops

Open Daily
11:00am - 5:00pm
 

Railway Cafe

Railway Cafe

Open Daily
10:00am - 4:00pm
 

Selkirk Grille

Selkirk Grille

Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch & Dinner


Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 2X3
Canada

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