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
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