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, a first of its kind in Canada, is a replica of Nellie McClung’s former Calgary home. During the summer season visitors can enjoy guided tours, take part in lively discussions, enjoy tea on the wrap-around verandah and immerse themselves in an engaging 3-D audio experience.
TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES
Heritage Park’s train history is bursting at the seams. In addition to our two antique steam locomotives that circle the park on two kilometers of track, Heritage Park has a Round House and Car Shop full of history, including a newly restored 1920 Steam Crane. Gasoline Alley Museum boasts North America’s largest collection of restored gas pumps and a stunning collection of antique trucks and cars, signage, plus a 1942 de Havilland Tiger moth bi-plane hanging from its rafters. The Park’s two historic streetcars have been completely overhauled and carry eager passengers to and from our front gates on 1.5 kilometers of track.
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 traditional Aboriginal Games.
On June 18, 2017, Heritage Park, with funding from the Government of Alberta, presents Drum. Dance. Discover. Celebrating Indigenous Culture. This spectacular day-long cultural celebration will feature dancing and drumming, artisans, traditional food, and activities throughout Heritage Park.