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.


 

 

Thorpe House

The Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber Company's lumber mill, established in 1886, became Calgary's first large industry. One of the mills' workers was Bernt Thorpe, a Norwegian who'd brought his family to North America. As a millwright, Thorpe would have helped plan, build, install and maintain the new mill’s machinery...

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Toole Barn

This barn, built by William Toole behind his house in 1903, represents a typical "backyard barn" used by many city dwellers to house a family's horses and carriage...

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Traders Bank of Munson

The chartered banks of Central Canada were eager to acquire revenue in the rapidly expanding communities of the West, providing banking services to new settlers and investing in the emerging agricultural and mining industries...

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Trapper's Cabin

This cabin was originally built in 1931 by Bert Pendergast near the Trans Canada Highway in Canmore, and is reminiscent of the 'base camp' cabin a trapper would set up at the start of an extensive series of trapping lines. Trappers would outfit their main cabins with pots, traps, bait, toboggans, an axe, flour, tea, tobacco, cans of food and tools. It was inside this type of cabin that trappers would skin and dry the hides of the animals they caught before bringing them to a trader like the Hudson's Bay Company...


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Vegetable Gardens and Heritage Seed Preservation

Historical gardens and flowerbeds dot the landscape of Heritage Park, and are intended to enhance a visitor's historical experience by presenting some of the vegetables, flowers and herbs commonly grown in gardens throughout Western Canada before 1914...

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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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