Introduction

Heritage Park Historical Village is designed to give visitors a taste of the past. Covering 127 acres of land next to Calgary's beautiful Glenmore Reservoir,  it is a family-friendly attraction that appeals to people of all ages.  

Hours of Operation

 

  • Gasoline Alley Museum: Open daily year-round 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Haskayne Mercantile Block (Shopping): Open daily year-yound 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Railway Cafe: Open daily year-round 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Selkirk Grille: Open year-round for lunch and dinner (Closed Mondays in Winter)
  • Historical Village: Opens Victoria Day weekend (mid-May) and is open daily until Labour Day. From Labour Day (early September) until Thanksgiving Day (early October), village is only open weekends.

Getting there

Heritage Park is located in the southwest quadrant of Calgary, at the intersection of 14th Street and Heritage Drive SW. 

Car:  As a result of a major expansion which began in 2007, Heritage Park has now greatly expanded the amount of free parking available to visitors. There are designated spots for handicap parking, RV parking, and tour bus parking.

Transit:  Take the C-Train (from either North, South, or West) to Heritage Station (depending on your direction, you make have to switch trains downtown). During the summer months, you can transfer to the Route 502 (Heritage Park Shuttle) bus, which will drop you right at the gate of Heritage Park.

Admission 

Winter Season (Gasoline Alley Museum and Haskayne Mercantile Block)
Adult  $9.99
Child (3-17)  $4.89
Senior (65+)
$7.99
Family (up to 2 adults and 4  children aged 3-17):  $29.76

Summer Season (Historical Village and Gasoline Alley Museum)

Summer admission charge includes access to both the historical village and Gasoline Alley. You cannot buy a ticket that is only good for the village or is only good for Gasoline Alley.

Adult:  $20.99
Child (3-17):  $14.99
Senior (65+) $16.99
Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children aged 3-17):  $69.99
Unlimited Rides Bracelet:  $10  (includes steam train, wagon ride, S.S. Moyie paddlewheel boat, and antique midway)
Individual Ride:  $3 

(Above rates as of Jan 2013)

Boat cruises are scheduled; stop at the dock early so that you can get a boarding pass for the departure time of your choice. The cruise is 25 minutes, and there are boarding times scheduled for every 35 minutes, starting at 9:50 a.m. and continuing until the day's final sailing at 4:15 p.m. Strollers, carriages, and wagons are not allowed aboard the S.S. Moyie, but there is an area near the ticket booth where they can be left during your cruise. The cruise gives views of the mountains, park areas that surround most of the lake, and downtown Calgary.

Train rides shedules are posted daily in the Park.

Heritage Park train

Guide

Make sure to pick up a copies of the park map and daily activity guide at the entrance; not only are they aids to finding important services (food, bathrooms) and exhibits you might otherwise miss, but the activity guide also has a schedule of events which take place throughout the day, ranging from special children's activities to live outdoor theatre.

Layout

The village buildings are organized by historic era, from the newest (Gasoline Alley automobile museum, c. 1935) to the oldest (the pre-railway era, c. 1875) . The new expansion, opened in 2009, surrounds a central plaza near the main entrance. It includes a new, improved and expanded Gasoline Alley Museum with a variety of beautifully restored vintage vehicles and interactive displays and visitor activities for adults and children.

In the village, buildings are staffed by costumed historical interpreters, who are happy to answer visitors' questions, and some buildings have museum-like room displays, blocked off from the public by plexiglass panels so that the antique furniture, bedding, and clothing within are visible but untouchable. A few glassed-off exhibits also feature costumed mannequins; the dentist and his patient are long-time visitor favorites.

Other popular stops are the Wainwright Hotel (featured in many movies) and the railway roundhouse's antique railway collection.

Heritage Park Ferris wheel

Photo: Ferris wheel in Heritage Park's antique midway