When Heritage Park opened on July 1, 1964, it had a handful of exhibits and was originally intended to be a children’s pioneer theme park. Today, Heritage Park has grown into Canada’s largest living history museum with more than 182 exhibits, and over 55,000 artifacts, all of which have been carefully selected to share a story from our past. Park staff and volunteers are trained with knowledge and insight of the people and places they are representing and the programming is carefully curated to provide an accurate and fulsome experience.
We also offer some of the most innovative and memorable field trip experiences available in Southern Alberta. Our variety of Alberta curriculum-based school programs provide options for Kindergarten to Grad 9 and beyond! Students experience a unique day away from the classroom. These adventures in education have been popular with students, teachers, and parents for over 35 years due to their interactivity and capacity to inspire curiosity and wonder. Our attendance numbers continue to grow each year due to the quality and variety of experiences.
School Programs for pre-K to Gr. 12 30+
Educational Program Attendance 64,373
Annual Pass Holders 14,500
Historic Buildings & Exhibits 182+
Volunteer hours committed 72,000
Each year Heritage Park welcomes over 600,000 guests through the gates, providing authentic memorable experiences in many different ways.
Our educational programs currently reach over 60,000 school children every year, connecting them to the people and places from the early days of western settlement. All of Heritage Park’s programs have a carefully created education component that is innovative, interactive and memorable, making it easy for school children to forget they are learning as they live, breathe and enjoy the past!
The park provides immersive education for adults as well, ranging from brewing workshops to historical cooking classes, weekends spent working with a team of heavy horses, to learning how to garden for bees. Since 2009, Heritage Park has placed a greater emphasis on its adult education offerings, and this continues to grow each year.
Keeping Alberta’s Story Alive
The Natural Resource Area of the Park, including the replica Dingman No. 1 Discovery Well, coal tunnel, and other exhibits depicting Alberta’s oil, gas and mining legacies, have been off-limits to the public for years due to their deteriorated state of repair. The Park’s Master Plan approved in 2014 included a complete renewal of this area, with a twist.
In addition to restoring the existing infrastructure, we will add a whole new dimension — an interpretive centre dedicated to the past, present, and future of the energy industry. This centre will use advanced technologies that corral the power of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro. Visitors will be able to witness these renewable sources of energy being converted to useable green energy.
By presenting the history and diversity of energy in all forms, we hope to inspire visitors to understand how their actions and decisions today will play an important role in energy tomorrow.
The Indigenous Nature Trail will link all of the refurbished exhibits to the new Interpretive Centre and a new feature will be the addition of an outdoor amphitheatre sized for a class of elementary school children. In addition to providing access to th exhibits, the pathway will allow a unique view of the Elbow River Valley, and include interpretive signage to educate people about the plants and animals that live and grow on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir. The amphitheatre will be paired with the Park Warden’s Cabin exhibit.Please help us continue to teach and delight children like Hayley and their families, preserving the past while building a bright future. With your contribution, we can keep history alive and continue bringing families together to make lasting memories. As a charitable organization, Heritage Park relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to make the preservation of the past possible.
HELP KEEP HISTORY ALIVE
Financial support for Heritage Park can be provided in a variety of ways: annual gifts, sponsorships, donations for special projects, exhibits or programming, fundraising events, capital projects and legacy gifts.
All donations to Heritage Park make a difference. With your support, we can build new experiences based on the stories from our past, and ignite the imaginations of future generations.