5 Magic Memories at Heritage Park

Family fun at the rides of Heritage Park
Family fun at the rides of Heritage Park
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5 Magic Memories at Heritage Park

Create new memories with your kids at Heritage Park.

Situated in one of Calgary’s most beautiful locations, Heritage Park is a must-see attraction for visitors to the city. A local favourite, everyone who grew up in the area has fond memories of visiting the Park – and for good reason.

As Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park has some pretty cool things to see and do for visitors of all ages. With over 180 attractions. Heritage Park lets you step back in time and experience what life was like for Western Canadians from the 1860s through to the 1950s.

As a living history museum, this place is like a time machine. From riding an authentic steam train to checking out what midway rides were like in the 1900s, Heritage Park is an experience kids never forget, and a great way to spend the day as a family.

Here are five experiences that are sure to create lifelong memories for families at Heritage Park.

Heritage Park Steam Train

Standard Gauge Railway at Heritage Park

Trains

Seriously, who doesn’t love trains? Heritage Park is the spot for train lovers. From the Railway Roundhouse where you can see how train engines turn around, to checking out the stations actually used in towns around Calgary and Lake Louise, which use to be known as Laggan, Heritage Park brings the train experience to life. Of course, nothing compares to riding the actual train itself. For those who love trains, riding on the Standard Gauge Railway is an experience they’ll never forget. When you see the cars up close, hear the steam whistle, and feel the heat and the power of a working steam engine, you’ll be taken back in time to an era when these powerful machines ruled the rails.

Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park

Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park

Cars

Let’s face it, there aren’t many things cooler than old cars. A visit to Heritage Park is not complete without checking out Gasoline Alley Museum, which is open year-round. Not only does the museum have vintage automobiles, but you can also see old-fashioned gas pumps and car memorabilia to truly understand how folks drove throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Conklin Lakeview Amusement Park at Heritage Park

Conklin Lakeview Amusement Park at Heritage Park

Midway Rides

Who doesn’t love rides? Well, the Conklin Lakeview Amusement Park – Heritage Park’s midway – features rides that were actually used in the early half of the last century. These are thrills you won’t find anywhere else! From The Caterpillar, one of the most popular attractions in history, to the historic Ferris Wheel, which was first used at Chicago World’s Columbian Exhibition in 1893! Kids and adults alike will remember these rides for years to come.

First Nations Encampment at Heritage Park

First Nations Encampment at Heritage Park

First Nations Culture

Ready to explore? Heritage Park is home to three canvas teepees at the First Nations Encampment with a diverse collection of artifacts from the Plains First Nations culture. Kids will love taking part in traditional activities and tool demonstrations with stories from First Nations interpreters. Take this insider tip and make the First Nations Encampment your first stop in the morning to experience an opening smudge and prayer ceremony at the Yellow Otter Tipi.

Claresholm General Store at Heritage Park

Claresholm General Store at Heritage Park

Shop for Candy

Okay, not just candy, because Heritage Park has awesome shops in every corner of the grounds, but it’s definitely a highlight to check out the Claresholm General Store, an old-fashioned candy store where you can stock up on delectable treats, similar to those sold in the 1900s and is a local favourite. An insider tip is to grab a sweet treat, like a butter tart at the Alberta Bakery. You can’t miss the bakery because you’ll smell the deliciousness as you pass it in the Historical Village.


Heritage Park is a must-see attraction year-round for visitors of all ages. Visit heritagepark.ca for more information on everything you can do at the park and to plan your adventure.