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“This is a "must visit" in Calgary” 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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Ranked #1 of 262 things to do in Calgary
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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.
Encino, California, United States
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“This is a "must visit" in Calgary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Heritage Park Historical Village is something that should not be missed in Calgary. The all inclusive cost is around $20 per person (less for seniors and children and, if you look, there are coupons in visitors guide that are two for one admission). The Village is about 20 minutes from downtown Calgary. Parking is free. Plan to spend a full day at the park as there is so much to see and do. Start with a ride on the railroad that circles the village - pulled by a restored steam engine. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on a paddlewheel boat The Moyie. There are many restored historic buildings, both residential and commercial to explore. Docents at each building answer questions and provide information about the structure. Commercial buildings include a dental office, High River Law Office, pharmacy, Wing Chinese Laundry, and bank. There is a working Flett's Blacksmith Shop, Strathmore and Bow Valley Standard Newspaper Office, Baron's Snooker (billiard) Parlor and many, many more. Everything is from the past of Western Canada and its settlement and development. The railroad was an integral part of the history of Alberta Province and there is an area devoted to its importance. This includes beautifully restored railroad cars, a roundhouse, railway turntable and many other artifacts Staff is in period costumes and very helpful and informative. There are many hands on activities for the young ones as well as a playground and antique midway with rides. Numerous places to get a snack or have a complete meal - and the prices appeared reasonable. Near the entrance to the park is Gasoline Alley. This museum contains an extensive collection of antique vehicles and related artifacts such as old gas pumps and signage - all restored to like new condition. Although there are shops where gifts can be purchased the overall experience is not "touristy" and commercialized. In summary - this is a place that should not be missed - it will be enjoyed by all ages and the cost is VERY reasonable as it will provide a full days entertainment (and you still will probably to see everything.

Visited July 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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“Great Family Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Heritage Park is a wonderful venue for anyone but especially for families. There are so many things to do, ride the train, play games, shop and many other activities. You can eat there or bring a picnic and eat in the picnic areas. The shopping is fun and all the staff are in period costume and are very well informed. The gasoline alley is amazing with a huge collection of period gas pumps and vehicles. Do yourself a favour and go.

Visited May 2014
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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“Cool Little Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This must be the tenth time I have been to this Park in my lifetime and I have never been more impressed. The very first thing I noticed is that you no longer need to buy tickets for the rides as it is now included in the entry free. Another thing was the amount of staff in the park. There was a staff member in almost every building eager to answer any questions you may have. The park is open 7 hours a day and you will need that amount of time if you want to see every building. A wonderful historic village showing life in Alberta 100 to 130 years ago. There are buildings from all over Alberta here in the park. Take a ride on the train and don't forget to stop at the ice cream shop! Such a wonderful little village.

Visited July 2014
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Vancouver, WA
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“Worth the Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were reluctant to spend the money and time thinking it would be very touristy, but actually ended up enjoying our day at the Heritage Park. They've preserved some amazing old homes and buildings, plus there's a great antique car museum, and your admission includes a cruise in an old paddlewheeler on the reservoir. You feel like you're walking back into time.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Easy to get to, great for train spotters, right next to railway line, they do a fantastic breakfast. We found the history surrounding the railway very interesting, from the land grab's from the aborigines to the actual engineering and building of the Canadian Pacific route. The Museum is not all about railways, there are street scenes depicting Calgary as it was when it was a trading post up to present day a very busy and successful metropolis.

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