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Fort Calgary

Tourism Region: Calgary

Fort Calgary brings history to life by telling the stories of the site, the settlement and the people of Calgary through an exciting process of discovery which includes interactive interpretation, vibrant exhibits and hands-on areas.

Located on 40 acres of riverside park, minutes from downtown, the site includes pleasant walking paths, an Interpretive Centre, the 1875 fort reconstruction, the 1888 Barracks building and Mess Kitchen, the Hunt House Historic Site and the Deane House Historic Site and Restaurant.

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Location

Address: 
750 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 5E1

Telephone: 403-290-1875
Fax: 403-265-6534

Mailing Address: 
Fort Calgary
PO Box 2100 Station M (106), Calgary, Alberta
T2P 2M5

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Year Round

Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day)

NOTE: Deane House Historic Site & Restaurant is open year round.
School programming, rentals and museum operations run year round.

Open: Interpretive Centre: Open Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed:
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
Adult (18+) $11.00
Senior & Student $10.00
Youth (7-17) $7.00
Child (3-6) $5.00
Child (2 and under) Free

Discounts: Groups

About Collections

Material culture relating to the early history of Calgary and its people, the Mounted Police at Fort Calgary and related archaeological materials. Also includes the Deane House and Hunt House sites and furnishings.

Approximate number of objects in the collections: 6,000

Archives

Archival and photographic material relating to early Calgary and the NWMP.
Duplicates of related material from other institutions.
Oral history collection.

Architectural Records • Cartographic Materials • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records

Decorative Arts

Costumes • Furniture or Furnishings • Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork • Textiles or Tapestries

Fine Arts

Media:
Painting • Sculpture

Human History

Agriculture • Animal Husbandry • Archaeological Objects • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Local History • Medals • Medical History and Technology • Memorabilia • Musical Instruments • Oral History • Sports Equipment • Toys and Games • Weapons • Transportation : Motorized ground : Non-motorized ground

Services & Activities

Interpretive Centre is open to the public every day. The 1875 Fort reconstruction is open to the public (weather permitted); costumed volunteers are on site reconstructing the Fort; interactive exhibits; carpentry, blacksmith and craft demos; award winning film; ongoing drama presentations; family discovery corners and recreated interior displays; Canada Day celebrations; 1888 Barracks building with Mess Kitchen; the Deane House Historic restaurant; school and children's programs operate year-round

Research Services

Archival Records • Information Centre • Library

Educational Programs

School Programs
"2003 Calgary Heritage Education Award Recipient"

Hands on Programs that challenge and intrigue your students. These programs will tie in effectively with the Social Studies (SS), Science (SC), and Language Arts (LA) curriculum units from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Visit www.fortcalgary.com for program details.


Summer Programs

Fort Calgary offers summer programs for children 5 to 12 years of age. Programs are developed on a seasonal basis. Each program has a theme and includes hands-on activities, games or crafts centered on that theme. The children will explore Calgary's history in fun and interactive ways during the 90 minutes long program.

Cost: $4.50/Child
Supervisors free (to a maximum of 1 adult per 6 children)
Minimum : 10 children or $45.00 fee

Visit www.fortcalgary.com for program details.

School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6)

Visitor Services

Activities at the Fort
· Enjoy history in the making as volunteers rebuild the 1875 Fort using period tools and techniques.
· Experience the life of the NWMP who lived in the lonely cold fort.
· Try on a Northwest Mounted Police Uniform.
· Hear fascinating stories of the Northwest Mounted Police Officers and other characters from Calgary's past.
· Experience a jail cell - from the inside!
· Ride in a virtual streetcar through historic Calgary.
· Take a walk through a 1930's drug store, automobile repair shop, newspaper publishing office and radio station.
· Watch our award winning video in the 1930's Palace Theatre, available with either French, English or German soundtracks.
· Walk the pathways in the Park and discover a bronze buffalo, community garden with its historic windmill, and an orientation exhibit that describes highlights of Fort Calgary's history.
· Browse our General Store featuring RCMP & Canadiana souvenirs.
· Take a 1 minute walk across the river to have lunch in The Deane House.

Bilingual Services • Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English • Accessible by Public Transportation • Children's Activities or Services • Information Centre or Desk • Meeting Room Rental • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
Other Guided Tours: German, Dutch

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 233

Activities: exhibit demonstrations, tour host, orientation hist, carpenters, blacksmiths, gardeners, docents, aratorial volunteers, special events, administration

Member Privileges

- voting right at Annual General Meeting
- opportunity to run for Board of Directors
- unlimited visitation to Fort Calgary throughout season
- newsletter
- discount in museum shop and at Deane House restaurant

Food Services

Open Year Round:

Monday through Friday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Reservations not required, but suggested.

We are closed some holidays, please call ahead.

Murder Mystery dinner Friday nights. Reservations recommended (269-7747).

Interpretive Centre gift shop: snacks available.

Cafeteria • Catering Services • Reception Facilities • Restaurant

Internet Services

General InformationEventsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsChildrenDirections or MapOnline Giftshop or Bookstore

Local Tourism Links

Local AttractionsHotelsRestaurantsShoppingOther Services

Other Services

Special Events:
Dominion Day (Canada Day): July 1st
Heritage Day
and much more ...
check out our website www.fortcalgary.com for details.

Publications & Products

Newsletter (4 times per year).
Brochures.

Annual Reports • Brochures • Museum Guide • Newsletters • Postcards • Tour Packages • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: Tour package