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Heritage Park features over 180 attractions and exhibits that reflect the challenges, lives and victories experienced by the generations responsible for the settlement of Western Canada. In many cases, the houses, stores and machinery at each exhibit are original. Thousands of Western Canada’s historical treasures have been generously donated and relocated to the Park.
As an accredited museum, Heritage Park is proud to preserve and share history in a way that lets visitors experience it with all five senses. Our costumed interpreters add another dimension to the immersive historical experience and bring our attractions and exhibits to life.
The Park’s attractions and exhibits span Western Canadian history from the 1860s to 1950s, and are situated in four locations around the Park:
1860s Fur Trading Fort and First Nations Encampment
1880s Pre-railway Settlement
c.1910 Prairie Railway Town
1930s, '40s and '50s Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square
Browse the Park’s exhibits below to learn more about where the Park’s vast historical offerings originated and how they came to call Heritage Park home.
Bowness Park is located along the Bow River between Stoney Tr. and 85 St. N.W. A shallow lagoon runs along the along the park's southern edge, a favourite spot for paddle boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Bowness Park is highly used for picnicking and accessing the Bow River.
Pull out the bikes or rollerblades and hit the trails! Enjoy walking along the river (it will likely be the highest it is all year) and it will hopefully be warm enough to get rid of the gloves and enjoy the playground. Or, break out the soccer balls and get moving after a long winter.
Visiting Parks during COVID - 19
We know our Parks play an important role in both the physical and mental well-being of Albertans. We need your help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so our parks can stay open, safe and accessible.
Continue to practice physical distancing.
Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Bring a cloth mask and wear it when you’re near other people.
Visit early in the day so you can head somewhere else if a parking lot is full and do not park on the shoulder of roads.
Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
Leave no trace; pack out what you pack in. This will keep our parks clean and reduce the potential for human-wildlife encounters.
Follow the advice of public health experts to protect yourself and others during this pandemic.
Be extra cautious and stay within your limits, knowledge, skill and physical ability. Now is not the time to try new activities or head into unfamiliar areas. Continue to avoid high-risk backcountry activities, regardless of your experience level.
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