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“The Best Venue in Calgary for the Year” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village
1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, Alberta T2V 2X3, Canada
403-268-8500
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$8*
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Ranked #1 of 339 things to do in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Leisure education, Getting married
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Owner description: Come face-to-face with the exciting and significant story of Western Canada's settlement at Heritage Park Historical Village.Travel back in time from the 1950s to the 1860s and engage with the past like never before as we bring history to life with lively costumed interpreters, historic buildings, and a huge collection of working antiques and artifacts.
Calgary
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“The Best Venue in Calgary for the Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

There is so much to do a Heritage Park for all ages that one day is not enough! Focusing on the days of years gone by there is an old fashioned town complete with a train, Indian village, homesteaders, windmill, opera house, churches and an outdoor carnival (think' Little House on the Pairie' and Crabapple Cove!).
My family got seasons passes and we went over 10 times before we saw everything (pass is paid off in less than 2 visits)! Great rides, farm animals, and informative talks and crafts in the summer. Great brunches in the hotel year round. There is so much for adults to see and hear about....the hospital, the pharmacy, the mason lodge, the royal train car, the paddlewheeler etc.
The Christmas display was one of the best things to do in Calgary in December; up close and personnal with real reindeer, buildings decorated in period style, carollers singing in the streets, horse and cart rides, plays, visit Santa and the kids only stores and singing in the church to name a few things to do. Get there early to buy goodies from the bakeryas the lineup starts early and the toy train exhibit in the poolhall is a must for every visitor during the Christmas season.
For those needing extra help getting up the hill at the beginning of the park, there are mini buses to help anyone that wants it. Just ask any park employee in any building and they will call for assistance for you at any point in your visit.
The shops in the park themselves are filled with good quality goodies, not just the usual cheap trinkets. The candy shop is a favorite of most visitors and is filled will lots of candies from days gone by. You quite often hear parents/grandparents explaining to children about what candy they had when they were a child and they start reminising about 'the good ole days'.
Gasoline Alley is a must for all visitors as well. An amazing collection of beautiful vintage cars, gas pumps, fire engines, milk trucks etc. The museum itself is open all year long and has volunteers explaining the vehicles and an area in the back for the kids to play on trikes and play games.
Lastly are the shops at the entrance. Filled with great items at very reasonable prices. there is no charge to go into them. The photo studio at the corner is a great place to make some memories. I've gone there twice and I have to say the photos turned out amazing considering we were all laughing so hard at how silly we all looked in period costumes!
All in all, a great place for all ages

Visited December 2011
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“Good fun for the kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

It really does seem authentic and the people who work at Heritage Park really get into their roles. It can be a bit of a long walk for very small children from the entry gate to the main village area but there is lots to see and do. The amusement park rides are terrific!

Visited June 2011
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“Fun day @ historic park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Great for all ages. Kids to grandparents. The steam train is a fun ride for the kids and going through the park you will all learn a thing or two about life back in the times of old. Definitely worth a visit

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“geat for all ages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

We have been taking our family there for many years and it has always been a clean safe place for kids and grandkids to learn about our earlier days. the park has lots of open spaces and interesting exhibits. We just went to their winter exhibit called the 12 days of Christmas and it was also great with the exception of this park is supposed to be based on the olden days and they had several modern half tons running around and some small buses coming and going. If they could run the buses on some of the back streets and keep the trucks away it would have been much more delightful

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“Very nicely done”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

We went with friends to the Christmas event . Nerver been before, and it's really quite impressive. The in-costume interpreters in the old houses were friendly and really informative. Particularly liked the piano-accompanied carol singing in the old wooden church. We were four adults, and found plenty to do for a couple of hours, but this attraction is great for kids. They even had a a few reindeer look at. Very cute.

Gasoline Alley is a collection of old cars and gas pumps that is really nicely done. The stores have some really interesting merchandise, not just the usual lazy tourist-oriented stuff.

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