Hanging Out at Heritage Park – Calgary, AB
One of Calgary‘s major attractions is one of the biggest outdoor museums in the world, Heritage Park. It is basically a town from the early 20th century set along the Glenmore Reservoir. A beautiful setting for an outstanding piece of history. The buildings on site are historical and have been donated or purchased and moved to the park. Once here they have been restored and turned into exhibits.
When one enters the park, the first exhibit is Gasoline Alley, a museum of restored vehicles and pieces from early gas stations.
From Gasoline Alley, it is off to the town site itself. There is everything from fully staffed general stores, candy shops and bakeries to a pool hall and post office. Each is staffed with well informed park personnel who are willing to answer questions and point out the features and history of each building.
The video below is taken in the Blacksmith shop and is indicative of what happens here to teach people about our history.
Then there are the vistas where one can sit and watch sailboats and the bustle on the reservoir.
All in all, Heritage Park is a great way to spend a quiet day in the middle of a large city, without knowing you are in a big city. There is something for everybody, whether it is history, antique cars or old trains. If you are in Calgary, make it a point to visit this terrific exhibit.