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Fort Calgary, Calgary

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#4 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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  • There is a lot more history in Calgary than you know. This Fort was built in the late 1880’s to assist with the RCMP. The Fort is a amazing museum. The grounds around offer great trails along the two ...  more »
  • A little walk from downtown but easy and worth the visit. Quick self guided tour and has lots of good information!  more »
  • Had a great time visiting the museum and fort they had a shop as it would have been hospital and jail really interesting.Well worth a visit and not expensive either. A small souvenir shop quite reason...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I've only been here once but I enjoyed it. They have it pretty updated inside to include a sense of humor which makes it more interesting to read about the history which is usually pretty dry. Good job on that! Everything is in pretty good shape and not run down. Worth a trip and the price of admission.
  • So much history! I really loved this place, it is organized so well. I love the way they do the exhibits like they were Facebook posts. It's really ingenious and makes it more entertaining. It's great to take a 5 minute walk down to the river and see where the bow rover and elbow river meet.
  • This was a lovely way to spend a Sunday with my husband, we learned a lot about the cities growth and history. Had a great brunch, excellent service and very friendly staff. Took lots of pics but won't put them up, you have to go o see the exhibits 😀
  • Cool historical museum to explore Treaty 7 and life way back when in Canada. The staff is very nice and it was free to visit on Canada Day :)

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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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