Many love visiting Fort Calgary because of its role in the formation of Canada. It’s surroundings sit near the edge where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet. The territory is home to the people of Treaty 7 (Siksika, the Piskani, the Kainai Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuutina and Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nation of the Stoney-Nakoda). Their story is deeply rooted in Calgary’s ongoing history as the people of Treaty 7 are still highly active in the local community today.
Fort Calgary is located in the western region of Alberta. The North-West Mounted Police built Fort Calgary upon their arrival to the region in 1875. The tiny outpost became the birthplace of today’s Calgary city, which is home to over a million people. The town has grown around this historical location as it pays homage to Fort Calgary by providing daily train service to and from the site.
A local preservation society is the primary caretaker and operator of Fort Calgary. The group pledges to preserve, protect, enhance and promote the legacy of Fort Calgary. The local preservation society’s primary goal is to offer an environment where guests can learn, gather information and connect with others. Visitors are encouraged to discover the complete history of Fort Calgary. It’s an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the land and the area’s host people.
Plenty of fun can be had as the legacy of Fort Calgary is wonderfully recreated in several different interactive exhibits and tours. Visitors can explore throughout the fort and walk into replica barracks that provide a glimpse into that era. The stories delivered play a significant role in the evolution of Canada itself.
One of the oldest structures inside Fort Calgary is the Deane House, which was built in 1876. It has been refurbished into a functioning restaurant that provides fine dining for all ages.
Fort Calgary is open to the general public between the hours of 9 am-5 pm.