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Heritage Park General Admission

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    Located south of downtown Calgary on the Glenmore Reservoir, Heritage Park is open year-round, and your general admission ticket includes access to various exhibits depending on the season. This interactive living history museum features more than 180 attractions that tell stories about the settlement of Western Canada, from fur trading in the 1860s to the automobile craze of the 1900s.
    Many of the homes, shops and machinery you see at each exhibit are original, and the informative and talented staff of interpreters — outfitted in period costumes — bring the attractions to life.
    Summer exhibits:
    The historical exhibits and attractions can be found in four main locations around the park.
    • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and First Nations Encampment: Learn about the Hudson’s Bay Company, which established fur trading posts across the Pacific Northwest, from Oregon to Alaska; see artifacts from First Nations people; and admire Our Lady of Peace Mission, which dates back to 1872.
    • 1880s Pre-Railway Settlement: Explore the temporary tent cabins that pre-settlement bachelors lived in; check out the police barracks; and see local establishments like Drew’s Saloon and Gleichen School.
    • 1900s Historical Village and 1910 Prairie Railway Town: Take a look at an array of historical buildings such as a blacksmith shop and the Airdrie House, an example of a comfortable but plain Western Canadian home; visit Atlas Lumber Yard; and see popular gathering spots like Alberta Bakery and Barons Snooker Parlour.
    • 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square: At the Gasoline Alley Museum, you can admire several antique automobiles, such as a 1908 REO Autobuggy, a 1909 McIntyre Model M and a 1912 Buick Model 2-A Express Truck. Then take a walk through Heritage Town Square to visit the bandstand, Canadian Pacific Railway Station and the Railway Garden. You can also shop and grab a bite to eat in the square.Your admission ticket also includes access to family-friendly rides like the carousel, boat swing and Ferris wheel. Recommended time to visit is 2 - 6 hours.
    Winter exhibits (mid-October to mid-May):
    During the winter months, only Heritage Town Square, shops and restaurants, and the Gasoline Alley Museum are open. Here you can enjoy the 1930's - 1950's era and marvel at the phenomenal changes that the automobile brought to Western Canada! Recommended time to visit is 1 - 1.5 hours.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Lovely day spent at Heritage park viewing all the houses & old shops.The chinese laundry was so amazing,didnt realise they wrapped the clothes in old newspapers when they returned them to you! Also the dentist was a bit scary! The law offices with original wood...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Penny C
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Some history tellers are better than others - Farrier and School mistress were exceptional and gave a great history lesson. Restaurant poorly organised and service very poor - food was good.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Erika H
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We were here for 4 hours with our 11 and 13-year old kids, but could easily have spent 6 hours! It was total immersion into the history of Canada, from early settlement to the Trans-Canada Highway. Rides, historical information, demonstrations, and very helpful and friendly...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank kleiner7800
    Reviewed July 11, 2019

    Our bus tour only allowed for 3.5 hours here but could spend a couple more. Road the boat, ate at Wainwright Hotel dining room, visited Gasoline Alley for all the old vehicles and many other things. Food was very good and not expensive, staff was...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    3  Thank gaffroz
    Reviewed June 24, 2019

    Where do I start? I advise you take a whole day there as there is so much to see and do. The gate price is reasonable, and includes everything except food and drink. We went on the sternwheeler riverboat which was OK, but also the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Phil G
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    July 7, 2019|
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    Response from Penny C | Reviewed this property |
    Yes there is a bus that will take you from entrance to the middle of the village so you dont have to walk there although its not that big a bus some may have to wait untill it returns.A group can go in the Wainwright hotel... More
    July 7, 2019|
    Response from Mearnswood | Reviewed this property |
    It’s a big enough place that 40 people could look around - it’s on two levels. Probably best to contact them directly and ask. It’s a great place and I’m sure you will really enjoy it. Good luck. 👍🏻
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