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Fort Calgary, Calgary

3.8
#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Calgary
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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  • This little riverside fort is all that is left of a lot of history, but it's at the end of a field that occasionally features an outdoor concert. But it's just not all that engaging, esp. in an age wh...  more »
  • This year we chose Fort Calgary as the spot for our Family Christmas Brunch, and we were not disappointed. Roberto, the Maître d, warmly welcomed us, with hot, delicious coffee, and continued to take ...  more »
  • We ate at the buffet first. It was great that you have such a broad variety of food to choose from (the buffet, personalised omelettes, specific meals from the chef in the kitchen etc). The waiter did...  more »
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  • We had brunch and included was a visit to the museum. The brunch was really good, both the offerings and the service. You can order off a menu as well as the having the buffet. We had eggs benedict and also the buffet. Really good, as was the sticky toffee pudding. I hadn't been to the museum for years, close to 20 and it has expanded since then. It tells a story about the fort and Calgary and area from 1875 to about 1940. Most of it was very interesting but a small part cost the two stars from the review. It was a tiny part of the experience but so annoying. The management has taken it upon themselves to rewrite history as far as relations with the former land owners is concerned in the Treaty 7 exhibit. Phrases like '150 years of oppression and cultural genocide' are used. The author has no clue what those are, or maybe he was thinking he was in a different museum. And his reasoning behind the statement that the treaty 'was broken almost before the ink was dry' was not effectively explained. Maybe the author suffers from White Guilt Syndrome. Another museum visitor noticed it too and we had a good chat about it.
  • I liked the way our Canadian history was presented. It was fun and very entertaining. I wished there were more shops or food stalls other than a souvenirs store.
  • Best Sunday brunch ever and the ticket to the museum is included in the price! Sooooo worth it! Food is absolutely delicious! Staff is friendly
  • I have been here so many times, the staff is absolutely amazing. I enjoy going here as it increases historical knowledge.
  • It's a small and simple structure. It's definitely worth a visit at least once in a lifetime if you happen to be in Calgary. I found it nice that they were created and telling the story and using something that kids would relate to in terms of social media. That was extremely creative and deserves a five-star. I gave it to 3-star because in terms of cultural things to do it's not really that exciting and it took all of an hour and that's because I was being super slow and reading every single thing.

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South of the river is where most of the action happens in Calgary, and that's where you'll find the best selection of places to stay. Downtown, the central neighborhood located on the river's southern bank offers the widest range of choices, with access to several of the city's major metro stations a big plus. For arts, nightlife, and quality of living, go to The Beltine, known for its cafes, restaurants, arts, and entertainment. If you're just visiting the city briefly but want access to onward transport links, choose accommodations located close to the city's international airport.
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