Interactive exhibits bring the story of Calgary’s development to life.
October 20th, 2023
Explore museum exhibits about Treaty 7, Métis influence in Alberta, and the founding and early stages of the city of Calgary. Check out the replica 1888 Barracks for special exhibitions, then take a self-guided audio tour of the parklands at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers — a place of significance to Indigenous peoples since long before 1875, when the North West Mounted Police established Fort Calgary.
Long before Fort Calgary was built, people have been gathering at this place to share stories, create community, and build futures. When you come to Fort Calgary, you stand on the traditional territory of the peoples of Treaty 7, including Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy; the Tsuutina; and the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley Nations of the Stoney-Nakoda. This is also where the North West Mounted Police arrived in 1875 and built Fort Calgary, which became the foundation for the city of Calgary. In just under 150 years, Calgary grew from a tiny outpost to a city where 1.25 million people now live. This place is significant. The confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers represents our story as a place to gather, meet and connect not only our history, but to our earth, each other, and ourselves. It is where the past meets the present. It is where we tell the stories of the people who have shaped us. Here, we take time to reflect on our past, understand our present, and create our future. We offer a museum, public education, school programs, and special events. Be a part of Calgary’s history.
In addition to temporary exhibits that change regularly, the Fort Calgary interpretive centre shares stories about the North West Mounted Police, Treaty 7, and everyday life for some of Calgary's first citizens. Join us for walking tours, talks and workshops to learn about diverse cultures, the lands at Fort Calgary, stories from early-days Calgary, colonialism, and truth and reconciliation.
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