Glenbow Archives: NA-2595-1

Title: North-West Mounted Police football team, Fort Calgary, Alberta.

Date: 1900

Remarks: L-R back row: Constable McGavin; Constable Christopher Richard Peters; Inspector Jim Wilson; Sergeant Burgoyne; Constable McGavin; Constable O'Brien.
L-R middle row: Constable Harry Fowler; Constable McPherson; Corporal William Brankley; Constable Elkins; Constable Huddle.
L-R front row: Constable Douglas; Constable G.T. Monson.


Special events

2015/2016 Fort Calgary Events:



Winter Carnival

Bring your Family to Fort Calgary on Monday, February 16 for fun winter activities including sleigh rides and indoor carnival games.  Free hot chocolate will be served outside courtesy of east village, and grab some Maple candy on a stick for $1. Theatre entertainment includes “Gramp’s Garage” presented by Sandbox Theatre and a live North West Mounted Police re-enactment band. A special Family lunch will be available for hungry visitors in the Upper Barracks: $15 for adults and $10 for children. Program and activities subject to change.


Peace Walk, for Indigenous Reconciliation

On June 11th, 2008, Prime Minister Harper issued an historic apology to the Indigenous people of Canada, and in particular, to the former students of Indian Residential Schools. This was an initial step in the important cross-cultural healing process for many. In commemoration of this day, Aspen, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary, and Fort Calgary have been co-hosting a peaceful annual walk from the north lawn of the Harry Hays building to Fort Calgary, with walking sticks displaying the names of all residential schools in Alberta. This symbolic walk, now in its 7th year, is followed by a lunch and guest speaker session at Fort Calgary. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the past, and together build on the positives along the journey to reconciliation.


Mountie Day

Fort Calgary celebrates the founding of the NWMP on May 23, 1873 with special activities and birthday cake!



Canada Day

On July 1st, the Fort Calgary site comes alive with free family activities, including live entertainment, a show-and-shine car show, children's crafts and petting zoo, and intercultural sharing opportunities with Indigenous artisans. Program and activities are subject to change.



Heritage Day - August 3, 2015

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 Métis 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.

Fort Calgary officially named a provincial Host Celebration Site for Culture Days 2015!

Alberta Culture Days at Fort Calgary
September 26-27, 10 am - 4 pm

Celebrate culture in Alberta at the birthplace of Calgary and cross-cultural relations in the area as we know it. Family fun activities are scheduled all weekend, including: powwow dance workshops for the public; kids crafts; a trickster-like art exhibition by popular Aboriginal artist, Jason Carter; live performances in our theatre; behind-the-scenes tours and talks about the Fort Calgary museum and our massive renovation projects; a chance to dress up like a Mountie; and a special interactive display about Treaty 7, done in partnership with Blackfoot Crossing. Check out our PROGRAM.


Artisan's Fair

Fort Calgary hosts its annual Artisan Fair on November 11th, from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All floors and rooms are set up with local arts and crafts tables to help us step into the season of giving with some local creativity. Admission is free for the public with a donation to the Veteran's Food Bank. A scrumptious lunch counter, prepared fresh by our highly-touted catering staff, will also be available.

NYE 2015 at Fort Calgary - A 1920's Speakeasy Affair
December 31, 2015, 7PM - 1 AM
Step into the past to ring in the future.

Click HERE for more information and tickets.

Dance only: $40 starting at 9:30pm. Tickets.


The Village Sessions Series

On select dates throughout the fall, winter, and spring, enjoy intimate musical showcases by up-and-coming artists, or a unique variety of other arts and culture presentations, including: storytelling, arts workshops, seminars, spoken word poetry slams, or intercultural sharing experiences with some of Calgary's cultural leaders.

Click HERE for an overview of all the upcoming concerts.

  • November 6th, 2015 - Join us for our inaugural roots music session with local musicians My Son Ted, and opening act Emily Triggs, in our newly renovated Burnswest Theatre. Tickets are on sale from Doors and cash bar open at 7:00pm. Showtime at 7:30pm. Performance brought in partnership with Little Concerts presents.
  • November 12th, 2015 - Bring your awareness for our Calgary region to new heights with this free presentation by renowned mountaineer and motivational speaker Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest. Skreslet will share about his unique experiences on mountains around the world, from our own Mt. Yamnuska, to Mt. Everest, and Mt. Aconcagua, and their cultural importance to the communities beneath them. A special introduction will be given by a representative from the Stoney-Nakoda Nation. Doors and cash bar open at 6:30pm. Showtime at 7:00pm.


Bring your family to Fort Calgary on Monday, February 16 for fun winter activities including sleigh rides, indoor carnival games and special shows in the theatre. Free admission to the Interpretive Centre. Family lunch in the Upper Barracks: $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Calendar of Events

For more information, click on the event(s) below.


phone: 403-290-1875