FAMOUS 5 CENTRE OF CANADIAN WOMEN
Heritage Park shares the stories of Western Canada’s past, but until now, the Park was missing one very important chapter; Women in history. Five Alberta women: Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards paved the way for future generations of Canadian women by empowering them with a voice and a say. The Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women is where their stories are told. The Centre is a replica of Nellie McClung’s former Calgary home. During the summer operating season visitors can tour the home with a costumed, and in character guide, and can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea each Sunday on the large wrap around verandah. During the evenings the home doubles as a catering venue, perfect for weddings or intimate dinner parties, and during the school year, the lower level hosts thousands of local school children in a 1930s style classroom. The centre is a first of its kind in Canada and is Heritage Park’s 50th Anniversary legacy project.
RIVER FORTH DINING CAR
Canadian Pacific recently donated a rare 1929 River Forth rail car to Heritage Park. What started out as an elegant Solarium Observation Car ended up as a bare bones work car, left to rust in the rail yard. The car has undergone an extensive restoration at Heritage Park, so it can return to the rails as an elegant 1920s dining car. Heritage Park guests will soon get a taste of the golden age of luxury travel with an exceptional dining experience aboard the River Forth. Funds raised through the rental of the dining car will be put towards restoring another important piece of Western Canada’s rail history, a rare 1912 wooden Colonist Car.
FIRST NATIONS CULTURE TAKES CENTRE STAGE
Heritage Park’s First Nations Encampment is where visitors can learn about the culture and traditions of the Plains First Nations during the last half of the nineteenth century. Aboriginal interpreters, representing the Treaty 7 Nations welcome you into their traditional home with demonstrations and hands on activities that include storytelling, cooking and artisan demonstrations, tipi raising, fire starting, trying out hunting tools and participating in drumming circles.
On September 20, 2015, Heritage Park will host the fourth annual “Sharing Our Culture” a Treaty 7 Powwow, presented by Treaty 7 Tourism. This spectacular day-long cultural celebration will feature participants from the Blood Tribe, Piikani, Stoney Nakoda and Tsuu T’ina Nations.