The Past Lives on at Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village first opened its gates on July 1, 1964 as a historical theme park, showcasing two dozen repaired historical buildings from around Alberta furnished with thousands of artifacts and a vintage steam train.
Now, the park’s most iconic feature, the steam train runs proudly along 4,300 feet of track around the historical village which has grown into one of Calgary’s premier tourist attractions and Canada’s largest living history museum.
How the West was Once
Costumed interpreters draw guests completely into the lives of the people who built the West – pioneers, fur traders and First Nations people who lived in the area more than 100 years ago. Explore over 180 attractions and exhibits spanning Western Canadian history from the 1860’s fur trade to the petroleum and automobile-dominated 1950’s. Brought to life by an antique midway, paddlewheel boat and world class automobile museum, Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park boasts a wealth of ways to interact with 100 years of history.
The Big 5-0
2014 marks the Park’s 50th anniversary. Among special events and activities scheduled throughout the commemorative year, new exhibits will continue to expand this historical world. The Cars of the Big & Small Screen exhibit running through April 21, 2014 pays tribute to the iconic movie and television cars from the past 50 years featuring 10 vehicles on display, hands on activities and moving screenings in the museum.
In June, Heritage Park will host the new legacy exhibit, the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women, sharing the stories of the Famous 5 group of Alberta women who lobbied to have women seen as persons, as well as other Canadian women in history. This iconic exhibit is the first of its kind in Canada. Summer will also see the opening of the restored 1929 River Forth Dining Car to join the distinguished Selkirke Grille as elegant dining options.