The confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers has been a historical and cultural gathering place from the first Indigenous people thousands of years ago to the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police in 1875. From its origins as Mohkinsstsis (Blackfoot), Wîchîspa (Nakoda), and Guts’ists’i (Tsuut’ina), to its more recent history as a national, provincial and municipal historic site, Fort Calgary has a complex story to tell.
Fort Calgary is operated by the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. Fort Calgary preserves, protects, enhances and promotes the significance of the site for the benefit of the citizens and visitors to the city of Calgary. It is the birthplace of the city of Calgary and played a significant role in the evolution of Canada’s world-renowned RCMP.
Our Mission is to create a place where people and history intersect.
What We Do
Fort Calgary’s Museum
Opened in 1978, the current Interpretive Center was an important site for sharing the story of the arrival of the North-West Mounted Police. Today, our exhibits and programs continue to explore the stories of the people who have shaped this city. In 2018, we welcomed almost 25,000 guests to our museum – including 14,000 Calgarians!
In June 2020, we will officially kick off the construction of our New Museum Project. This redevelopment will allow us to add new stories to the current narrative and to create a space where visitors can deeply engage in the story in a meaningful way.
Serving over 6,500 students annually, we offer award-winning school programs that help students learn and discover who we are and how we have been shaped by events and people in the past.
From black-and-white movie nights to the annual Walk for Reconciliation, we host ticketed and free events throughout the year that bring history to life.
Fort Calgary offers a variety of event spaces that are available to book throughout the year. In 2018 alone, we hosted 80,000 guests and over 1,400 events, catered for 56,000 guests, and served almost 60,000 scones!
Fort Calgary is a registered charity, owned by the city of Calgary and operated by the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.