"The Way We Were" Heritage Park Tip by Jetgirly

Heritage Park, Calgary: 9 reviews and 9 photos

Heritage Park is a "historical village", showing how the pioneers lived as they settled in Western Canada. The park is open daily through the summer and on weekends through parts of the spring and fall. In the winter, Heritage Park is only open for special events, such as Halloween and Christmas. Admission rates range from about $14 per adult to $9 for a child, plus the cost of going on any old-fashioned rides.

We visited the park on a Sunday afternoon and it wasn't very busy. The park is divided into several areas, including the Midway Rides (a carousel, ferris wheel and early model Tilt-a-Whirl were the star attractions), a typical prarie town, an "Indian" "encampment" and a model trading fort. Most of the buildings are original and quite well-preserved; in many you can explore both the upper and lower floors, taking in original furnishings and decorations. There is also an area devoted to livestock, where you can check out cows, horses, pigs, sheep and chickens. If the park is too big for you, for $3 you can buy a ticket on the full-sized steam train that regularly circles the park, stopping along the way.

Although we all agreed our visit didn't meet our expectations, we saw a lot of kids having a lot of fun. Heritage Park might not be your first stop if you're over twelve, but if you're traveling with children it's definitely worth a visit.

Address: 1900 Heritage Dr. SW
Directions: We got there by driving, but city bus #502 also drives right up to the entrance.
Phone: (403) 268-8500
Website: http://www.heritagepark.ca

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 9, 2007
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