Fort Calgary is owned by the city of Calgary. It is a national historic site.
It’s open year round and is located on the east side of downtown on a sprawling 40-acre site.
The history behind it is one of the reasons that it is worthwhile to pay a visit or two to this amazing site.
There are both indoor and outdoor experiences to be enjoyed by all.
In 1875 the North West Mounted Police (now RCMP) built a small wooden fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers.
They came for several reasons. They wanted to get to know the First Nations people in hopes of opening dialogue for treaties dealing with land and settlements.
They also wanted to bring order to the West and do away with the trading of whiskey. It is where Calgary began. It is an integral part of this city’s history.
There are many activities that take place year round and many schools book field days to complement the learning in the classroom.
Some of the activities that take place include the Winter Carnival, the Peace Walk, for Indigenous Reconciliation, Mountie Day, Canada Day, Heritage Day and an Artisan’s Fair.
The Fort is the place where Calgary’s history began. While you walk through the interpretive Centre, you will be taken back into time. Enjoy each exhibit, try out the Prison Cell and check out the old RCMP uniform.
Spend an afternoon or the day. Enjoy both the exhibits inside as well as a stroll along the River walk to where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet.
It is a very relaxing walk, with many areas to sit and rest. Take along a camera. There are so many things to see.