By RACHAEL FREY
Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village is a turn-of-the-19th century Prairie village come to life. While the park’s historical village is closed until spring, plenty of family-friendly one-off events take place throughout the winter in the village and in Heritage Town Square.
Located just outside the park’s gates, year-round access to Heritage Town Square is free. Here you’ll find upscale dining at Selkirk Grille and more casual fare at the Railway Café, which features a small orientation centre. Engineered Air Plaza’s outdoor artificial ice is open to skaters (skate rental is available at Rapid-Rent, nearby on Heritage Drive) and the Haskayne Mercantile Block houses a portrait studio and shops selling everything from art and clothing to handmade fudge. A Calgary Transit shuttle bus operates between the square and the Heritage CTrain station.
Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends Nov 23 – Dec 22
Christmas past is alive and well and perfectly enchanting at Heritage Park. Go for a wagon ride, take in live historical theatre, sing holiday carols and pay a visit to jolly old Saint Nick. Three of the park’s historic homes open their doors to share the Yuletide traditions of Alberta’s pioneers. Weekends, November 23 – December 22, 9:30 am – 4 pm. $8 adult, $6 child (does not include access to Gasoline Alley. Combined admission price for Once Upon a Christmas and Gasoline alley is $11 adult, $9 child and $5.75 senior).
Weekends, Dec 27 – Jan 5
If cabin fever is setting in, take the family to Gasoline Alley for a winter scavenger hunt and other fun family games. While you’re there, check out the antique cars, vintage gas pumps and lots more automotive memorabilia at Gasoline Alley. Take your ice skates for free skating in Heritage Town Square’s Engineered Air Plaza. Weekends, Dec 27 – Jan 5, 9:30 am – 4 pm. $9.99 adult, $7.99 senior, $4.89 child, $29.76 family.
Cars of The Big and Small Screen
Jan 23 – Apr 20
Automobile and pop culture fans converge at this one-of-a-kind exhibit curated by Heritage Park as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014. The lower level of Gasoline Alley will house famous cars from the silver screen, including vehicles like the Ferrari used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang from Bullitt, the DeLorean from the Back To The Future trilogy, the Flinstones car and more. Jan 23 – Apr 20. $9.99 adult, $7.99 senior, $4.89 child, $29.76 family.
Feb 13 – 17
Enjoy some old-fashioned family bonding time solving five interactive challenges that include sleuthing, skill-testing games, physical activities and crafting. Taking place at Gasoline Alley, this year’s challenges will tie into the Cars of The Big and Small Screen exhibit. Five key questions accompanying each activity will help you discover the memorable stories that make your family unique. Also create your own family story album. Feb 13 – 17, 9:30 am – 4 pm. $9.99 adult, $7.99 senior, $4.89 child, $29.76 family.
Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village is located at 1900 Heritage Dr SW. Please click here for a map, reviews and further information about the park.
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