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Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton
(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
Step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Founded in 1974, the park contains numerous original and replica buildings, as well as reconstructed street scenes depicting events from the fur trading days and the pioneer era. Interact with costumed actors, ride a vintage steam train, and visit the period buildings to experience the evolution of Edmonton through its early history. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fort Edmonton Park and many more Edmonton attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Edmonton trip itinerary builder.
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  • I visited the park for the first time with my son this summer and was surprised with how amazing and large it was. There was so much to see and do we only did have of the park. A definite must see in ...  more »
  • I am from Australia and had the pleasure of being taken to Fort Edmonton by a local. I thought that it was absolutely excellent. I thoroughly recommend this for park, it has appeal across all age grou...  more »
  • This is a real treat for the history bug. Take the train back into the wilds of the Edmonton River Valley and arrive at the first trading post -- authentic recreations of the builds, artifacts and cul...  more »
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  • I thought that Edmonton has a relatively small history compare to east coast or Europe. That bubble was burst when I start actively asking the costumed interpreters some question or even "play along". Just simple phrase "Interesting, tell me more" repeated 3-4 times when interpreter stopped talking will open up so much more content for you. I never even knew that one place can have so much information. This is good place for families to learn, play and just spend enjoyable time together (old costumes, life animals, samples of traditional food, hands-on activities, live performances, games, mini golf, playground, ice cream, candy, and rides). This is also an interesting place for a group of adults. Lot's of learning opportunities and if you are willing to talk to the interpreters, you'll be well entertained. They have 4 major areas and if you show interest you can spend a whole day in each of the areas. This place worth visiting more than once in a season. Just a peony garden itself is an amazing reason to come. It blooms at the end of May - beginning of June. If you missed it, you need to come back the next year. You don't know what you are missing till you see that garden fully blooming. Don't forget to watch "northern lights" in the Capital theater. It's a great 30 minutes entertainment for free.
  • A great journey back in time! We had a lot of fun here as a family, a great way to be outdoors and learn more about how Edmonton came to be. Capitol Theatre, steam train and most of all staff dresses up in outfits from the time period really added to the experience. Some staff were completely in character and were greeting us in a way any newcomer to the area would have been in the respective time period. Recommend the sweets store near the carousel, be prepared to be tempted by old classic candies or sizes not found in stores.
  • A fun and educational park exploring the history of Edmonton. Park staff are always friendly and many of them act the part rather than just dress it. In many ways this is a living, breathing portion of Edmonton's past, from the boats being built at the fort, to the running farms, to the old hotel and theater. Try not to go if you're pressed for time. It really is worth taking the time to explore all the nooks and crannies.
  • Fort Edmonton Park is a wonderful attraction planted in the River Valley of Edmonton. You enter the park and can choose to take a steam train back in time all the way to 1885 when Edmonton was just a fort, then you can walk back through the early eras of the Capital city of Alberta seeing how life was in Edmonton from 1885 up to a replica of a 1920s midway complete with a classic hand carved carousel or get a bird's eye view from a Ferris wheel. Most of the kid rides are hand powered. Its an excellent place to visit on a hot summer day be sure to stop and get a glass bottle of Coca-Cola along with a nice Ice Cream cone as you walk around town. A lot of events also take place at the Blachford Hanger, I've been there on a few occasion for company events and enjoyed a nice horse ride on a cold December night.
  • Step back in time.. with the many different streets themed to various eras and the actors telling stories along the way. This is a great place young and old. It is probably rated by me as one of Edmontons best attractions. Trains, horse's, amusement rides, theatre, history and more. Highly recommended.