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.


 

 

Nightingale Colony House

This house is a fine example of one of the thousands of "ready-made" houses and farms constructed by colonization companies to attract immigrants to the North West Territories. The Nightingale Colony, was started in response to requests by the Salvation Army for "assisted settlement" for those disappointed in their applications for smallholdings from the subdivision of large estates in England...

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North-West Mounted Police Sawmill c. 1880

In 1875, the NWMP detachment at Fort Macleod ordered a sawmill from their supplier, I.G. Baker, in Montana. The sawmill was the first of its kind in Southern Alberta, and the NWMP used it to make shingles and floorboards for the Fort's buildings. The sawmill used in the Park's exhibit today comes from the Jensen farm in Priddis. Chris Jensen and his son Victor built the mill in 1915 with parts ordered from Kansas...

 

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Our Lady of Peace Mission

In 1872 Chief Crowfoot, realizing the plight of his people at the hands of ruthless whiskey traders, appealed to Bishop Grandin to send priests to the Blackfoot. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were soon directed to establish Notre Dame de la Paix Mission in Southern Alberta...

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Pole Tipi

This example of a typical pole tipi was built by Heritage Park in 1975, and rebuilt entirely in 1999. Pole tipis were not a common form of shelter for any of the First Nations in Southern Alberta, although some did occasionally use shelters made from wood and brush.

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Post Office and Telephone Exchange

Before the 1870s, the Hudson's Bay Company controlled the mail in Western Canada. In 1874, the North West Mounted Police began acting as postmasters for the region. It wasn't until 1883 that Calgary's first post office opened in Bannerman's Hay, Flour and Feed Store...

 

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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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