1900 Heritage Drive SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, southern Alberta was a blank canvas of bald prairie and unforgiving wilderness. To see it today is to marvel at what's possible when people of vision, courage and fortitude set their sites on taming uncharted territory. To visit Heritage Park is to see history through their eyes.
Heritage Park is a patchwork of all that southern Alberta represented back when the west was truly wild. Most of the buildings and exhibits in the park are authentic structures and artifacts that were donated from locations around the province, and wandering in around and through them, the lifeblood of Alberta's beginnings is palpable.
You can peruse an 1860s fur trading post, make tracks through a First Nations encampment, kick up dust on the dirt streets of a recreated 1880s railway town, take a steamboat cruise on Glenmore Reservoir, and hop the steam train that circles the park. And that's just for starters. Interpretive programs and events run in the park throughout the height of the summer season.