Once you set foot at the pathway to the entrance, you’ll immediately be greeted with dates marked on the marble floor from 2016 to 2000 to 1990 as you continue walking. Behold! A one-of-a-kind time travel experience is waiting once you enter Heritage Park Historical Village. The park holds a long history, it has been opened since 1964. Since then, it has become one of Calgary’s most famous attractions and Canada’s largest living history museum.
With so much history around, you’ll be delighted to know that most of the historical buildings were actually transported from their original location while others were re-created especially for the exhibit. As you make your way around, you’ll find that the park is divided into four areas. Each one reflects a crucial time period in Western Canadian history: Hudon’s Bay Company Fur Trading Fort (1864), The Pre-Railway Settlement Village (1880), The Railway Prairie Town (1910), and the relatively newer Heritage Town Square (1920s-1950s).
Heritage Park isn’t just a throwback to the past for a history lesson. You can be a kid again (like I was) and go to the Amusement Park area and ride the Ferris wheel—old school style. Or you could go to one of the shops and buy goods—sold exactly as how they were in the past. My personal favorite would be the candy shop where you’ll see a variety of candies that aren’t as common these days. You’ll never run out of souvenirs to buy. To top off the experience, the staff even recreates the period with wearing clothes worn during that era, to make your time travel trip much more authentic. Looking for something more scenic? Take the two-storey cruise ride around the park and enjoy the tranquil silence and picturesque views.
The park’s most iconic feature is its vintage train. Ride this train as it ventures around the park in the style of Back to the Future III. There won’t be a shortage of beautiful historical buildings to see, with the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women included—a site where some choose to be married to the red barns, shacks that are home to the country’s ancestors, or have those vintage cars displayed side-by-side in bustling showrooms with bustling vibrant neon lights to West side nostalgia as your roam Heritage Town Square.
Truly, Heritage Park is a hub that inspires creative design and architecture.
Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Visit http://www.heritagepark.ca/park-information/hours-of-operation.html for business hours.