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Fort Calgary

750 9th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5, Canada
403 290 1875
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Ranked #41 of 228 Attractions in Calgary
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Fort Calgary was founded in 1875 when the NWMP crossed the Bow River and laid the foundations for Calgary at the place where the Bow meets the Elbow... more » Owner description: Fort Calgary was founded in 1875 when the NWMP crossed the Bow River and laid the foundations for Calgary at the place where the Bow meets the Elbow River. Today, Fort Calgary’s interpretive centre allows you to explore the rich heritage of Calgary and the RCMP. The large outdoor park area is a great way to enjoy the river landscape, and offers unique views of downtown Calgary. Fort Calgary offers meeting and event spaces, as well as special events on most holidays. Open from 9 am – 5 pm daily, all year round. « less
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Lincolnshire
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75 reviews 75 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I was the first visitor in the morning, hence the museum was empty, it's very informative and the exhibits are well themed for all the family. Love the opportunity to put on the mounty suit

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Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my time here, It is obvious that they have put a lot of work into making this a nice atmosphere and a good learning experience. I think one of the big downsides, and I don't want to criticize them for this because it was a preference thing, is the way they present a lot of information. They have... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great place to have a festival right in the city. The field was very spacious. Wish the second stage was a lot bigger though. It's a bit small for the crowd that they are aiming for.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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98 reviews 98 reviews
49 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I ended up arriving in Calgary on the august long weekend, and the c-train was not running and some of the other places I had planned to visit were closed. I moved this visit up to Monday and discovered, for that day, it was free. I have been here before and enjoyed this visit just as much. was hoping more... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

When I first thought of going to Fort Calgary, I thought it would just be a bunch of barracks in an open field. However, it was much more than that. There is a large interpretive centre that is full of information and videos. It focuses a lot on the NWMP and not so much on the history of Calgary. I... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Fort Calgary is a very small place with too many unrelated pictures and long stories about common Canadians, with very little interest. There were about four small rooms with artifacts that were set up like living exhibits, but the place itself feels too school-oriented and would have little appeal for adult tourists.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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114 reviews 114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Lots of history on the site of the founding place of Calgary. Nice new and reconstructed buildings. The information is all there, though it's almost all on readerboards. I must say, though, that the reader boards make clever use of mock Face Book style. Good view of the city and the river when walking around outside.

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Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk. England
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238 reviews 238 reviews
39 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I'm not particularly a history person, but enjoyed this visit. Parts of the museum are more interesting than others. I enjoyed the replica rooms/shops/quarters etc. it was informative and told the story well. I also enjoyed walking round outside, looking at where the old railway run,. The 10 minute film in the theatre at the end was also good and... More

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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169 reviews 169 reviews
51 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There was an excellent film presentation and talk on the history of what began as the North-West Mounted Police, before becoming the RCMP, and the reasons for their presence in Calgary. The tour continues with recreations of the settings in which they worked. Retired members of the force were there to answer further question. Uniforms can be tried on, though... More

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Toronto, Canada
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179 reviews 179 reviews
69 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This museum is intended to provide a history of Calgary's early days, particularly from the perspective of the role of the North West Mounted Police, later the RCMP, the arrival of the railroad and finally Calgary's early missteps and finally explosive development as the Oil Capital of Canada. One day with more thought (and money) it will achieve that objective.... More

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