Heritage Park#6 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
Calgary's Wild West past still thrives at this 66-acre living-history village. Nestled beside the Glenmore Reservoir and just south of downtown, this history-lover's paradise swarms with costumed staff re-enacting times gone by. You'll explore an 1860s replica of a fur-trading post, a ranch and a historic village. You can also take a ride on a steam locomotive or a horse-drawn wagon or cruise the reservoir by paddle-wheeler boat. For a better understanding of Calgary's history, check out the Gasoline Alley Museum, home to numerous artifacts representing the city's frontier days.
Recent visitors agreed that Heritage Park is a must-see, especially if you have kids, though most found that everyone from small tots to teens and adults enjoy the park. Several reviewers also commented on the fun of visiting during the holidays, when special events and activities are held.
Heritage Park encourages visitors to step back in time every day between mid-May and early September (and weekends from mid-September and mid-October) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is closed during the winter. Admission costs CA$27 (about $20) for adults, CA$19.95 (around $14.50) for kids ages 7 to 15 and CA$13.95 (approximately $10) for children ages 3 to 6. In winter, admission to the Gasoline Alley Museum costs CA$11 (about $8) for adults, with discounts for seniors and kids. For more information, visit the park's website.
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#1 Glenbow Museum
Heralded as one of Canada's finest, the Glenbow Museum caters to history buffs and art lovers alike. Exhibits here focus mainly on the culture of Western Canada, featuring everything from interactive displays on the First Nations tribes to an extensive collection of military memorabilia. However, there are also displays of European Art, Asian sculpture and even West African artifacts, plus plenty of hands-on activities to keep children entertained.
Recent visitors praised the museum's fascinating exhibits, treatment of history and its interactive arts and crafts opportunities.
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