The heart of Calgary is red ...

the scarlet red of the North West Mounted Police tunic. When the NWMP built their fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in 1875, they laid the foundations for the city we enjoy today.

   

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In the fall of 1875 the North West Mounted Police built a small wooden fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and laid the foundation for the city that became Calgary. They came to bring law and order to the west, to stamp out the whiskey trade, and to befriend the First Nations peoples in preparation for the treaties that would open the land for settlement. The hopes, dreams and values of that time are still evident in the city we enjoy today.

Fort Calgary is located just east of downtown Calgary on a 40-acre site. Open year-round, the Fort offers Calgarians and their guests fun, interactive exhibits, tours and school programs. The 1888 Barracks and Interpretive Centre are available for private rentals, including weddings, meetings, banquets and Christmas parties.

Fort Calgary is owned by The City of Calgary and is operated by the Fort Calgary Preservation Society.

Open daily: 9 am to 5 pm
Closed January 1, Good Friday, December 24, 25, 26 and 31.

 

 

BRUNCH AT THE FORT
Find out more about the Family Brunch served with local Organic History. $27 Adults / $15 Kids (5-12). Reservations: 403-290-1875.

   
SUMMER CAMPS
Summer camp registration is now open! Join us and time travel at the Fort this summer. More information.
   
HERITAGE DAY - AUGUST 3
Experience Heritage Day 2015 at Fort Calgary with family-friendly activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year, we explore the reciprocal relationship that heritage in Alberta has always had with our natural surroundings. Our museum and popular Mountie uniform try-on activities will be complemented by activities outdoors. Make nature crafts with the kids. Meet our special Thank You Tree. Learn about the history of Fort Calgary's community garden, and about the larger ecology around us in Blackfoot teachings. Play a local Indigenous game. And hear about Alberta heritage through the eyes of Blackfoot artist, Richard Duck Chief, and M├ętis art historian, Dr. Troy Patenaude. The Fiasco Gelato food truck will also be on site all day to complement our relationship with the happy sun. View our schedule of events here.
   

ANNOUNCEMENT: Calling all artisans!
Early-bird registration is now open for Fort Calgary's 13th annual Artisan Fair, to be held on Wednesday, November 11th, from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Past participants wishing to join us again, please submit your applications today. General registration opens on May 23rd. Click HERE for a map showing floor plans and booth layouts, or click HERE to register online.

   
THE DEANE HOUSE IS CLOSED
The Deane House is closed for rehabilitation until 2015. Please check back for further updates.

   
 
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phone: 403-290-1875