Frequently Asked Questions
Get the most out of your visit to Heritage Park by having all your questions answered before arriving! Below are some of the most frequently asked questions by Park guests.
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Heritage Park Historical Village, Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square have different operating hours depending on the season. Please visit Hours of Operation, for details on when various areas of the Park are open.
The Heritage Park Society was formed in 1963, and the Park officially opened in 1964.
The entrance to the Historical Village is located next to the Gasoline Alley Museum building. Guests may also purchase day passes online or from the admission desk inside Gasoline Alley Museum.
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Heritage Park Historical Village partners with the City of Calgary’s Fee Assistance Program to ensure that those in Calgary who are financially disadvantaged have the opportunity to visit the Park. For more information please click here.
A wide variety of dining and concession options are available throughout the Park.
We have ATMs at four locations: between the Railway Café and Orientation Gallery, Gasoline Alley Museum, in the Town Hall, and the Wainwright Hotel.
Washrooms are located at: the Railway Café, Gasoline Alley Museum, Midnapore Train Station, Weedon School, Shepard Station, Garden Washrooms (next to the midway), Ranchers’ Hall, and between the Celebration and Chautauqua Tents. The Park also has one family washroom located around the side of the Town Hall facing the vacant lot.
Public pay phones are located in: the lobby of the Wainwright Hotel and Gasoline Alley Museum.
The three main areas of the Park have different degrees of wheelchair accessibility.
Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square are fully accessible by wheelchairs.
However, the Historical Village does represent pre-WWI western Canada and has gravel roads and boardwalks. As many of our buildings and exhibits are originals from the turn of the century, they are simply physically unable to accommodate wheelchairs. Where possible we have made building adjustments for accessibility. All exhibit sites that are accessibly by wheelchair are identified by a wheelchair symbol on the map that is handed out at the front gate.
Unfortunately, the Park is not equipped to handle those requests.
Heritage Park does not currently have any secure locker facilities available for rent.
Yes, there is a Lost and Found at the Security Office on the north side of the Haskayne Mercantile Block, located under the clock tower.
Commercial use of photos and video taken during your visit are strictly prohibited without written consent from the Heritage Park Society.
Please see our photography session rates for more information.
Calgary Transit runs the route 502 bus between the Heritage LRT station and the front gate of Heritage Park Historical Village.
View the City of Calgary Transit Schedule for more information.
The Heritage Park bus is for special-needs guests, those who are physically challenged and for operational purposes only.
Out of respect for the safety of passengers and our train crews, strollers, carriages and wagons are not permitted aboard the train.
They may be left at the stations during your journey, but please keep your valuables with you.
Annual passes expire one year from the date of purchase.
Ticketed events generally occur after the Park is closed, or the gate admission fee is included in the cost of the ticket.
Some exceptions to this is our afternoon Tea on the Verandah, River Forth lunches and special event brunches where admission needs to be purchased separately.
Heritage Park gift cards are available before the front gates at Reception, Front Gate, Gasoline Alley Museum, the Selkirk Grille, Railway Café, and the Haskayne Mercantile Block. Inside the summer seasonal Historical Village gift cards can be purchased at Gledhill's Drugstore, Botsford Harness Shop and at the Calgary Town Hall.
No. People no longer live in our historical buildings that were either moved to the park or recreated.
However, costumed interpreters are all over the Park, reenacting life from the eras of 1860s, 1880s, 1910, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
There are many ghost stories about Heritage Park. Our Ghosts & Gourmet tour in October is a great way to learn more.
A booklet was also published in 1996 about the ghosts. The book is sold in the Haskayne Mercantile shops and at the Gledhill’s Drugstore in the Historical Village.
Sunscreen is available in Gledhill’s Drugstore in the Historical Village, near the Wainwright Hotel. Sunglasses and insect repellent are also available.
Unfortunately, we do not sell Band-Aids. They can be obtained from one of the Park’s various first-aid kits.
Stamps are available during the summer season in the Historical Village at the post office next to the Wainwright Hotel, and you can mail your postcard from there too!
Yes. Rain gear (ponchos, bonnets and umbrellas) is sold in the Haskayne Mercantile Block shops before the gates, and during the summer season, at Gledhill’s Drugstore and I.G. Baker in the Historical Village.
Due to the historical nature of these buildings, smoking or e-cigarettes are not allowed in any of the buildings.There is a designated smoking area at the front of the Park and in the Historical Village beside the Roundhouse for both regular and e-cigarettes.
Alcohol purchased at the Wainwright Hotel, Drew's Saloon and the Selkirk Grille must be consumed inside the premises to adhere to our liquor license.
We do not allow pets due to the horses and livestock at the Park. It’s impossible to predict how they will mix.
In addition, we must consider the comfort and safety of other guests. Service dogs, however, are permitted inside the Park.
The Heritage Park Society is a charitable organization, with direction provided by a volunteer board of directors.
There is no overnight RV parking or overnight camping at the Park, but there are some local campgrounds in the Calgary vicinity which accommodate camping and RVs.
We do not endorse any one of these campgrounds, and have provided this information for your convenience:
Calgary West Campground
Calaway Park Campground
Mountain View Camping
Yes. Parking will be $6.00 for a full seven hours if you arrive between 6am and 5pm, and $6.00 per ½ hr thereafter to a maximum of $20.00.
If you are making a brief visit (e.g., to shop at the Haskayne Mercantile Block or dine at the Selkirk Grille, both located outside the park gates), 90 minutes complimentary parking is available; you must register your licence plate number at the kiosk to obtain complimentary parking.
Parking fees do not apply to those who hold a valid Escape or Explore level annual pass or Heritage Club Membership. Passholder licence plate numbers must be registered through the Calgary Parking Authority portal).
Heritage Park is a registerd charity, and your parking fees help support our mission to preserve the history of the early West. For more information please visit our parking page.
The Wainwright Hotel is a historical exhibit only. There is no accommodation available on site at Heritage Park.
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Our skating area will not be available this winter as we give the grass underneath it a much needed break. We thank you for your understanding.