The Perfect Calgarian Weekend - History Edition
Whether you need an escape from the routine, or want to make sure visiting family have a deeper understanding of Southern Alberta history, this weekend itinerary will check all the boxes on any history lover’s list.
Begin your weekend at this 2.8 acre colonial estate on the edge of downtown Calgary. Built in 1891 for the Lougheed family, Lougheed House is now a National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum with a restaurant, fascinating museum, and distinguished garden. The Gardens, as well as the rest of the estate, were once the site of elegant parties and the entertaining of visiting royalty and government leaders. Whether you take in a special program, exhibit, or simply wander the extensive garden, a visit to Lougheed House is a signature element in understanding the fabric of southern Alberta.
In the fall of 1875 the North West Mounted Police built a small wooden fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and laid the foundation for the city that became Calgary. Modern day Fort Calgary covers 40 sprawling acres and puts visitors in touch with Calgary’s past through exhibits and special programs. Try on an authentic RCMP uniform, browse for souvenirs in the gift shop, or wander the interpretive museum and reconnect with the brave people and events that made Calgary what it is today.
After spending the morning at two fantastic Calgary sites, get the road trip snacks ready for a quick 1.5 hour drive to Drumheller! Check into a hotel and get ready for another exciting day on your history-heavy weekend.
Go wayyy back and discover over 365 million years of evolution on land and sea at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Walk beside reconstructed skeletons of some of the largest and most fierce creatures to ever roam the earth, explore the deep blue body of water that once engulfed what is now the Alberta Badlands, and feel the chill of the Ice Age. After exploring inside the museum, take a stroll through the hoodoos, Alberta’s most unique and impressive landforms that mark the landscape of Drumheller.
Atlas Coal Mine
Surrounded by the stunning Canadian Badlands, the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site is famous for its fascinating and story-rich tours. Visitors to Canada’s most complete historic coal mine can experience the daily lives of coalminers in a uniquely authentic way. There are sojourns into Canada’s last wooden tipple, underground tunnel tours, authentic trips along a train track, and tantalizing tales of Drumheller’s seedy underbelly.
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