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Fort Calgary, Calgary

Park · Historic Site
Considered the birthplace of the city of Calgary, Fort Calgary offers you the chance to learn about its rich history in a scenic, family-friendly setting. The fort, originally built from pine and spruce logs in 1875, was created to flush out whiskey traders in the area and sits at the confluence of two rivers. The Canadian National Rail bought the site in 1914, and in 1974 the city bought it back and began restoration work. Today, you can enjoy the scenic 16 hectare (40 acre) park, as well as an interactive museum that appeals to visitors of all ages. Don't miss the chance to try on the authentic mounted police uniform. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Calgary and many more Calgary attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Calgary trip planner.
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  • Fort Calgary was a nice venue to host our work function. They have a few small meeting rooms to accommodate small gatherings. During breaks you can wander around the museum and check out the...  more »
  • My 6 year old grandson loved the tigers and monkeys, the place is great for young kids or tourist. highly recomended if going as a family. the penguins are very stinky  more »
  • Being a bit of a history nerd,I was excited to go see Fort Calgary. I was disappointed to find the fort is long gone. What there is is a replica of the fort's barracks, with an interpretive centre...  more »
  • A beautiful piece of local history. The facility is well kept and nicely organized. Everyone should visit to understand more of our heritage. There's aspects which appeal to both young and mature audiences. This is also a fantastic venue for corporate and personal events. The staff prepares excellent food options in a clean environment. Access should improve significantly upon completion of the 9th Avenue Bridge project.
  • Went with a school group. The presentations and activities were great. Very educational, refreshed my knowledge of early Canada and First Nations history. Was very hands on. Didn't see the usual museum part but what I saw was good
  • It's nice to see Calgary save a small piece of it's heritage. Nice spot for a picnic or rest stop while exploring the river valley. However compared to Fort Edmonton or Fort Langley it doesn't have as much to offer.
  • Today enjoyed the Easter brunch at Fort Calgary, It was beyond expectation, superlative and scrumptious. The wait staff were very accommodating and patient but run off their feet. They earned every dollar. The brunch price includes a tour of the museum which is worthwhile visiting if you have time. We must go soon to tour the museum as I love history.
  • Really brings to life Calgary’s past, and I love the dedication to minute details that can be easily lost to history, such as the most mundane things back then but are really fascinating to look at from today’s perspective. From the simplest instruction books about daily life to the life that came along the CPR, the place makes you appreciate Calgary more. Hope to see more interactive stuff for kids to meddle with and adults to engage with so that it livens the place a bit more, but other than that, it’s a nice city time capsule.

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