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.
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