A Day at Heritage Park
Secret: Stop by and visit our blacksmiths - they may give you a prairie diamond!
Sylvia Harnden, Curator at Heritage Park Historical Village for 32 years.
Walking into the authentic homestead house, the smell of home cooking invades your senses and you are immediately transported back over 100 years. The simple rustic décor speaks to a time when things moved at a slower pace and the little things were not taken for granted. Freshly churned ice cream took time and effort to make and therefore was savoured that much more. The ice cold root beer from Drew’s Saloon washes down a fresh-from-the-oven cheese bun you bought from the bakery down the street. Exploring the authentic blacksmith shop next door, the sights and smells mingle with the sharp melodic clanging of the hammer on hot iron. The friendly blacksmith smiles and offers you a hand forged iron horseshoe ring and you learn that they are called ‘prairie diamonds’. These simple acts form a bridge in history with the men and women who did such things on a daily basis. The living recreation of the past at Heritage Park creates a true connection with history.
After meandering through the homestead village, the echoing ‘choo choo’ calls you to check out the two authentic steam trains. A delicious lunch is served in the dining car while touring around the Park, during which you learn that Heritage Park is one of the few places in Canada that has two fully functioning steam trains for visitors to enjoy. After learning about the Famous Five in commemoration of 100 years of suffrage rights, listening to some live music on the Plaza and checking out the antique cars in Gasoline Alley, there is hardly any time to experience a horse-drawn wagon ride or sit atop the ferris wheel…there is still so much to see! Not to mention all the special events they hold for such days as Canada Day, Heritage Days, and Railway Days; as well, the popular Festival of Quilts is going on its 21st year! With over 180 exhibits at Heritage Park and a plethora of special annual events, a day trip is just not enough time to really appreciate everything the Park has to offer. The decision to come back next weekend is an easy one, and made even easier by the notion of replenishing your stash of candy from the authentic candy store.
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