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.


 

 

Bowness Carousel

The carousel was a staple of carnival midways and parks at the turn of the last century, and this particular model was built by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tonawanda, New York, in 1904...

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Bruderheim Windmill

Wilhelm Mallon, a carpenter and blacksmith of German descent, arrived in Canada in 1910. He happily discovered that the sandy soil of his farm near Bruderheim, Alberta, about 50 kilometres north of Edmonton, grew a good crop of spring rye. The next step was building a mill to make the sort of rye bread that had been a staple back home in Belarus...

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Buffalo Rubbing Rock

About 12,000 years ago a retreating glacier deposited this granite boulder near Strathmore, Alberta. After the glacial melt, land eventually emerged, and a uniquely adapted animal - the American bison (also called the American buffalo) - came to populate the great plains of North America. In springtime bison would rub up against boulders like this one to remove their heavy winter coats...

 

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Burnside Ranch House

This house, known for its lively parties during the early years of the 20th century, was built in 1904 by Ewen Donald MacKay at Grand Valley, eight kilometres northwest of Cochrane, Alberta. MacKay's grandson, James, established the now-famous MacKay's Ice Cream Shop in Cochrane...

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Calgary Town Hall

One of the first actions of Calgary's new town council, elected in December 1884, was to commission the construction of a town hall. The two-storey structure housed a police office complete with jail cells, a council chamber, a clerk's office and a tiny courtroom...

 

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Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

Open Tues - Sun
10:00am - 4:00pm


 

Historical Village

Historical Village

Closed for the winter season

 

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

Open Tues - Sun
Lunch & Dinner


Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

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

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