Wolffe & McVittie Cabin

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Details


The Settlement

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Guest Amenities

  • Wheelchair Accessible

About the Wolffe & McVittie Cabin

The work of the Dominion Land Surveyors was an essential precursor to the orderly and peaceful settlement of western Canada. They systematically divided the prairies and parklands into square-mile parcels, marked the corners, and designated each section with a legal description. Likewise, they mapped out new townsites indicating a regular pattern of roads and building lots. Today, the familiar checkboard pattern of prairie fields remains a lasting legacy to the tireless work of the Dominion Land Surveyors.

An early Dominion Land Surveyor, Archibald W. McVittie, lived in this cabin. In addition to surveying farmlands, he laid out plots for Fort Macloed in 1883 and Calgary in 1883 – 4. Built c1882, McVittie’s cabin is one of Calgary’s oldest buildings.  The cabin was used as a gift shop at the Calgary Zoo. In 1965, J.B. Cross donated the cabin to Heritage Park.

McVittie Cabin located at Heritage Park

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1900 Heritage Dr. S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2V 2X3

Email: info@heritagepark.ca
Phone: 403.268.8500

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