The Fort

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The Site

Our 40-acre site is now a municipal park at the picturesque confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers —called Moh’kinsstis in Blackfoot. Outdoors, Markings, an interpretive exhibit by award-winning sculptor, Jill Anholt, traces the outline of the original 1875 Fort site and stands as a reminder to the many different people who have made Calgary what it is today.

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Interpretive Centre

Our Interpretive Centre consists of the reconstructed 1888 Barracks, interactive museum exhibits about the history of Calgary, a Learning Centre for school programs and group experiences plus the 100-seat Burnswest Theatre.

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The Community Garden

The community garden at Fort Calgary harkens back to the North West Mounted Police troop garden and early market gardening in Calgary. The garden at the original Fort was tended by Mounties and prisoners to provide much-needed produce throughout the year. The modern garden provides volunteer and employment opportunities to community members, grows and distributes produce to local charities and demonstrates ecological gardening techniques. Download our planting schedule to learn more.

Deane House Restaurant

Calgary’s newest fine dining experience, and sister restaurant to River Café, is located in the city’s only remaining North West Mounted Police building. Deane House dishes up a perfect balance between culinary art, elevated historical charm, and rooted awareness for this place we call home. With free parking on site and one of the best patios in the city, reservations are recommended.

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The Hunt House

The oldest building in Calgary in its original location, the Hunt House was built in 1876 as part of the Hudson’s Bay Trading Post. Newly restored in 2015, the Hunt House is a designated Provincial Historic Resource which stands as a testament to the ongoing relationships between people, the land, and resources.

The Museum Shop

At the entrance to our interpretive centre, our Museum Shop features a variety of local history, Indigenous books, jewellery and art. Our unique selection of clothing, preserves and mementos from local and national artisans draws inspiration from the Mounties who originally established Fort Calgary.