Heritage Park

Where in Calgary can you ride a train, a boat, a horse-drawn carriage and a Ferris wheel all in the same day? Heritage Park allows you to take a step back time… you can “walk” through the 1860s, 1880s, 1910s and 1930s.

When we were invited to check out Heritage Park I thought we would need a couple of hours to roam around a historical site that was native to Calgary. I expected to see a blacksmith and a bakery and that the overall place would have a country feel. Well to my surprise I can honestly say I’ve never experienced a location like this! I’ve never been to historical places like this before! Heritage Park truly is a world class tourist attraction and educational facility!

Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living historical village. How big is it, you ask?  The park stretches over 127 acres and overlooks the beautiful Glenmore Reservoir and Rocky Mountains. As for trying to plan what to do there… well we can’t even begin to list everything that there is. Here are some of our trip highlights:

Ride an antique steam locomotive – This train takes visitors from one end of the park to the other.

Steam Train at Heritage Park, Calgary, BC

I’m glad that Heritage Park was able to provide us with this fabulous photo. We were fortunate enough to be travelling inside as we took a tour around the park! Photo Credit: Heritage Park.

Take a stroll down Gasoline Alley – This “shop” boasts a collection of antique cars and trucks, signage and even a 1942 plane hanging from the rafters!

Gasoline Alley really is a place like no other. Photo Credit: Heritage Park.

Gasoline Alley really is a place like no other. Photo Credit: Heritage Park.

 

Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

These old gas pumps were an unexpected surprise. It was neat to check them all out! Photo Credit: Heritage Park.

Ride the Ferris Wheel and other old fashioned carnival rides.

Ferris Wheel at Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta.

The ferris wheel was my daughters favorite part of the park! Check out the video to see the amazing views she enjoyed from the top. (I was stuck down below taking photos!)

Enjoy a treat from one of the many restaurants and shops!

Heritage Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Take a walk “downtown” Heritage Park. Photo Credit: Heritage Park.

Play at the carnival, visit the blacksmith, take a ride on the Paddle-wheeler…Plus hundreds of other activities!

Lights out... time to experience the ride in the dark. (My flash gave you an idea of what we'd be seeing, but it was a LOT darker. I thought I'd share this over a black screen though!

Lights out… time to experience the ride in the dark. (My flash gave you an idea of what we’d be seeing, but it was a LOT darker. I thought I’d share this over a black screen though!

Olf carnival rides at Heritage Park.

This old fashioned carnival ride converted to a “lights out” dark ride halfway through the ride.

All Aboard! Time to take a ride on a real paddlewheeler!

All Aboard! Time to take a ride on a real paddlewheeler!

Paddlewheeler at Heritage Park, Calgary, AB

The view from the deck was pretty fabulous!

The blacksmith was a creative craftsman. During our visit he was making roses! Photo credit: Heritage Park.

The blacksmith was a creative craftsman. During our visit he was making roses! Photo credit: Heritage Park.

I also had to include a map, just so you could see how big this place was. Hint… bring comfortable shoes, lots of water and be ready to play!

Heritage Park Map. Calgary, Alberta

I wanted to show you a map of how HUGE this place was. I seriously estimated the amount of time it would take to explore every nook and cranny. Oh well, I guess we will have to go back! Photo credit: Heritage Park

We made the error of only scheduling a couple hours at the park. BIG MISTAKE. Next time we will plan to spend the day there. There’s so much to explore that we don’t want to be rushed and don’t want to miss anything! Check out a quick video showing some of the highlights of our trip:

To plan your visit to Heritage Park check out: http://www.heritagepark.ca/