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.


 

 

Drew's Saloon

Henry "Boston" Drew, a well-educated and gentlemanly ex-U.S. army officer, first came to Canada in 1884 on a cattle drive from Idaho. He decided to settle in Alberta, and built a saloon, called the Drew Reserve, on his property at Spitzee Crossing (now High River) in 1886...

 

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Drive Shed

The drive shed is a place to store horse-drawn vehicles such as wagons, carriages and sleighs and was patterned after drawings of machine sheds published before 1914. Situated on the east side of the road leading to the Burnside Ranch House, the shed houses the wagons used for the Park's tours...

 

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Electric Streetcar System

Between 1901 and 1911, Calgary's population increased from 4,400 to 44,000. A mass transit system was needed to move these people from their homes in the suburbs to the city centre, and attempts at using chain-driven buses had already failed. The city eventually chose electric streetcars because they required minimal maintenance, were inexpensive to operate and were reasonably safe...

 

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Engineered Air Bandstand

Many western towns (Calgary included) built bandstands in public parks or squares. These elevated structures made it easier for people to see and hear the musicians during the very popular free concerts held both in the summer and at winter skating parties. The Park gladly carries on this tradition today...

 

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Engineered Air Plaza

In the 19th century, many people came to believe that exposure to nature led to a healthier, more productive life. Planners and architects alike embraced the "City Beautiful" movement, while philanthropists donated land for parks and corporations created ornate gardens...

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Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

Open Daily
10:00am - 5:00pm


 

Historical Village

Historical Village

Open Daily
10:00am - 5:00pm

 

Haskayne Mercantile Block

Gift Shops

Open Daily
10:00am - 6:00pm
 

Railway Cafe

Railway Cafe

Open Daily
10:00am - 5:00pm
 

Selkirk Grille

Selkirk Grille

Open Daily for Lunch
Open Tuesday - Sunday for Lunch & Dinner


Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

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

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