How We Do It
Our goal is to raise people’s awareness about Fort Calgary and to make them understand the significance of the Fort in their community.
Our award-winning School Programs are one of the ways we achieve that goal.
Fort Calgary offers twelve different school programs for grades kindergarten through seven. Our school programs objectives are focused on building an understanding of the North West Mounted Police and the important role that they played in Calgary’s early history and development. The programs are linked to the Alberta Learning Program curriculum and cover a range of topics. For example, “Calgary: A Prairie Community”, one of our most popular programs, celebrates the diversity of our prairie home. Students build a giant 3-D map of our city and celebrate the language and culture of Calgary’s founding communities. The children get a chance to dress in costume, learn new languages and handle artifacts as they learn what make different cultures unique.
Tours of the Fort Calgary Interpretive Centre and 1888 Barracks are also essential in telling our story. A visit to Fort Calgary begins with a brief history of the founding of Fort Calgary and the founding of the North West Mounted Police in Canada. Individuals/Groups are greeted by our interpretive staff who will bring to life the defining moments in the opening of the Canadian West through authentic experiences and our original location. A video presentation is included to enrich the guest experience. The remaining portion of the tour is self-directed and visitors can explore our many temporary and permanent exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to have their picture taken in an authentic Mounted Police uniform. It is also highly recommended that visitors leave time to explore the site and stroll along the scenic Bow and Elbow Rivers.
Special Events are integral in reaching larger audiences and connecting with our community. Winter Carnival, Mountie Day, Canada Day, Heritage Day, Alberta Culture Days and Doors Open YYC are all free, family oriented events. These events give Fort Calgary a chance to reach a broader demographic of people who may not have the financial means to visit Fort Calgary.
We also encourage people to make their own history with our Food and Beverage Department. What better place to plan for the future or celebrate the past than the place where it all began? Fort Calgary provides an authentic historical setting for meaningful events. With full-service meeting and banquet facilities, our guests can rest assured that they will experience Fort Calgary’s well-earned reputation for western hospitality.
Fort Calgary also hosts private and Corporate events such as the Downtown Rotary Stampede Round-Up Concerts and X-Fest.
Ultimately, Fort Calgary is a place where Calgarians will come for all kinds of reasons: educational, social, recreational and business. Whatever the reason, we strive to ensure that they will leave feeling that they understand, respect and belong to Calgary.