Heritage Park Historical Village opens for 2022 season
(Calgary, AB) – Excitement is in the air! On May 21st Heritage Park Historical Village will open its gates for the 2022 summer season.
The 65-acre Historical Village features Canada’s largest collection of historic buildings, which includes 183 buildings and structures, 55,000 historic artifacts and 17,000 authentic costumes – all brought to life by hundreds of employees and volunteers to create one of the most unique immersive experiences in North America.
The opening ceremony for the Historical Village’s season will be 9:30 a.m. on May 21 in the Heritage Park Town Square.
New for the 2022 season:
- A new veterinary exhibit, the Nanton Livery and Veterinary Practice, creates the setting and feel of a working turn of the century veterinary clinic;
- The 3,000-square-foot Innovative Crossing education centre is located in the Prospect Ridge zone to share the history of energy, covering everything coal and water power, to the discovery of oil, to emerging energy sources;
- Driftscape, Heritage Park’s new wayfinding app features 72 key points of interest around the park and will help people find all the exhibits as well as shopping and food options that we have to offer;
- Get up close to double the usual number of animals in our 8-acre working farm, now 52 farm favourites including, of course, Bart the Donkey!
- Expanded Indigenous programming throughout the summer, including two special performances on National Indigenous Day of New Blood: A Story of Reconciliation, the story of a residential school survivor told through interpretive dance and set to the music of Peter Gabriel. In the encampment area, guests can visit daily with members of Treaty 7 telling their own stories and culture, including tipi raising, hunting techniques, games and stories;
- Each day a street theatre troupe will recreate a Sports Day from time past, including lacrosse games, bocce ball, croquet and traditional Indigenous games.
Come and experience all your other favourites:
- Ride aboard Heritage Park’s 120-ton steam locomotive along its 1.6km loop track;
- The S.S. Moyie steamship will sail eight times daily, giving stunning views of the Glenmore Reservoir, downtown Calgary and the Rocky Mountains;
- The return of Captains Cruises – Drinks, food, music? Experience the reservoir from a different perspective – it’s the perfect date night experience;
- Music in the Plaza: every Wednesday evening in July and August, your favourite local artists will be performing at the Engineered Air Bandstand; arrive early to get a patio seat at the Selkirk restaurant;
- Gasoline Alley – We buffed up our $10 million collection of priceless antiques ranging from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and they’re ready to shine;
- Feed your sweet tooth with 95 flavours of ice cream at Harveys and take something home with Calgary’s best selection of candy all in one place;
- When you’re done at Harvey’s visit the other shops in the plaza, and get some of the most unique toys at the Toy Shoppe and some amazing local artisan creations;
- Feel the wind in our hair and the thrill of the rides at the antique midway.
“We’re elated to be able to welcome our guests back to Heritage Park Historical Village with even more for them to see and do,” says Lindsey Galloway, president and CEO of Heritage Park Historical Village. “From Prospect Ridge to the Settlement and everything in between, our guests will be able to make memories for them and their friends and families, all while enjoying the immersive experience that no one does better.”
Our tour bookings have doubled from what we saw in the 2019 season – and we know that means we’re going to be busier than ever before, so why miss out on all the fun? An annual membership to the park pays for itself in just three visits and we all know three visits isn’t enough to be totally immersed in the history and culture that Heritage Park provides.
The Park will be open from 10-5 daily. Daily admission to the Park includes Gasoline Alley museum, the Historical Village and all rides, exhibits, entertainment and activities. Admission is $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for youth ages 7-15, $14.95 for children 3-6 and $22.95 for seniors. There’s no charge for children under 3.For more information, visit www.HeritagePark.ca or call 403-268-8500.
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About Heritage Park Historical Village
Heritage Park Historical Village is a registered charity and Canada’s largest living history museum. We are located on Treaty 7 territory, respecting the history, languages, traditions and cultures of the nations on whose traditional land we reside. Their contributions to Heritage Park are essential to our success in educating our visitors and sharing the rich heritage of this land. Heritage Park’s mission is to ensure compelling stories from our diverse history are preserved and made memorable for future generations. More than 600-thousand guests are welcomed to the park every year, taking a step back in time and reflecting on how we have become who we are today. Your community support allows Heritage Park to preserve and present Western Canadian heritage and culture.