Province/Territory: Alberta

How the West Was Once

  • 127 acres of historic Alberta
  • 180 historic buildings and exhibits
  • 08 authentic antique amusement park rides

The salute to Alberta's rich past is presented in a sensory rich environment at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary. Enjoy the simple pleasures of days gone by. Smell the fresh baking as it drifts through the open door of the bakery and listen to the patter of the children's shoes as they run along the wooden sidewalks. Sit in the shade of a tree and enjoy an ice cream while listening to performers dressed in period costume as they sing classic songs at the bandstand.

Step into a tipi to see how the nomadic First Nations people lived or visit with park hosts as they tend to the farm animals, shoe the team of horses or fix an antique auto. Wander through the fine estate homes from Calgary's elite forefathers. Feel the spray of mountain fresh water as the paddle-wheeler splashes across the reservoir or count the cars on the old steam train as it loops around the park. Don`t forget to stop in Gasoline Alley where antique automobiles and artifacts pertaining to the auto industry are all shined up for display. You will be amazed at just how much amusement rides have changed after taking a spin on the old Ferris Wheel. Stepping back in time at Heritage Park is a step into one of Calgary's finest attractions.

Why you should visit
  • Ride an authentic steam train around the entire park stopping at relocated train stations from around Alberta.
  • Enjoy a cruise on Calgary’s own paddlewheeler as it maneuvers through the waters dotted with sailboats and canoes.
  • Every weekend in July and August offers a different Aboriginal encounter. Make bannock, learn to make beaded crafts, listen to old tales or feel the beat of the ceremonial drum as you participate in traditional dances.
  • Learn about Calgary’s heritage and how agriculture and petroleum built the city that surrounds the park.
  • Buy old time penny candy from a century old grocery store.
  • Explore downtown Calgary architecture.

Weather

  • The seasons change but the sunshine stays constant in Calgary. Summer months expect the sunrise before 6:00am with it setting over the mountains as late as 10:00pm.
  • There is warm summer weather June through August with daily July temperatures of 24°C but cooling to 8°C in the evening. June is the wettest month with 70 mm of rain.
  • September marks the coming of fall with the trees turning shades or orange along the Bow River. Normal daily temperatures are dipping from 10°C in September to 5°C in October, with the evenings still above freezing.
  • Winter can be very cold, dipping on occasion to -30°C. Calgary can expect Christmas to have normal daily highs of -3°C dipping to -14°C at night. Southern Alberta is notorious for strong warm winter winds that rush west off the mountains. A “Chinook Wind” can raise the temperature 15°C in less than an hour leaving the city in daily temperatures above freezing for a few days.
  • Spring temperatures rise dramatically from the winter months. March has highs of 5°C but by May the average is 16°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
When to go
  • The main attractions are open from mid-May to mid-October. July and August the park is in full swing and that brings the biggest crowds.
  • Beat the crowds by arriving early or visiting in the shoulder seasons.
  • Watch for special events during the off season. Almost every month has a special event including Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
Need to know
  • Heritage Park Historical Village is wheelchair and stroller accessible but being that it is true to the conditions of the era, some rough terrain and wooden sidewalks may reduce accessibility. Every effort has been made to make the park enjoyable for all guests.
  • Be prepared to spend at least four hours or the day for a thorough visit through the exhibits, village stables and trains.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection and weather protection as much of the park is outdoors.
  • Large farm animals are on site.
Getting Here
  • In the heart of Calgary on the shores of the Glenmore Reservoir Heritage Park is easily accessed by car or bike path.
  • Calgary transit is readily available throughout the city.
  • Taxi service is available.
  • On-site parking for cars and RVs.