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Explore Alberta, Canada’s Past At Fun Historic Sites

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site in Alberta, Canada is located at the crossroads of Cowboy Trail and David Thompson Highway, just west of Red Deer. See tributes to the fur trade industry including exhibits, interpretive trails and demonstrations.

Old Strathcona is Edmonton’s well-preserved historic area. Stroll past legendary buildings and browse among quaint shops.

Lougheed House, 707 13th Avenue in Calgary, was built in 1891. It was used as a clinic, women’s training center, military barracks and a residence. Tour the gallery and wander the beautiful gardens.

Fort Edmonton National Historic Site honors the area’s fur trading heritage. Located near the North Saskatchewan River at 7000 143 St in Edmonton, the park contains several reconstructed buildings representative of the late 1700s to early 1900s.

Fort Calgary at 750 9th Avenue is a 40-acre historic site celebrated as the birthplace of the city of Calgary.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site is located west of Cowboy Trail Road along Hwy 540 and southwest of downtown Calgary. For almost 70 years it was the premier ranch in Canada with over 1000 Percheron horses and 30,000 cattle. Tour the museum, enjoy outdoor activities or visit during a special rodeo event. 

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

A National Historic Site of Canada, the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is located in northern Alberta in the town of Rocky Mountain House – about 80 kilometers west of Red Deer. Visitors are encouraged to first stop by the Rocky Mountain House Visitor Information Centre – and then move on to the many activities of the park.

The Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site features hiking paths along Chimney Trail and the David Thompson Trail, guided walks like the Fur Trade Pharmacy, and picnic spots along the North Saskatchewan River. Kid-friendly activities at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site include the David Thompson Puppet Show, on-site demonstrations like Charlotte Small’s Messy Tipi, and the playfort.

Old Strathcona

Visit Edmonton soon and see some history. Old Strathcona is a wonderful historical area in Edmonton. Northern Alberta visitors have enjoyed the variety of services in Old Strathona, for more than 100 years. The Old Strathcona Foundation was formed in the 1970s when Edmonton citizens joined together to save many of the old buildings from being demolished.

Stroll through Old Strathcona to enjoy shopping, listening to live music, sipping your favourite coffee along the street or satisfying your appetite in one of the many restaurants. The Edmonton Pass is a perfect way to see all of the local sights, including selected events at Old Strathcona, at a discount price. Enjoy a wonderful night's rest before continuing your journey.

Lougheed House

Established as Beaulieu, the Lougheed House is a National Historic Site of Canada set in Calgary in southern Alberta. Found in Calgary’s Beltline District, this National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum was formerly a residence, women’s training centre and military barracks, and clinic.

Constructed in 1891, the house is operated by the non-profit Lougheed House Conservation Society. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Lougheed House Gallery and the Lougheed House Gardens. Make the most of your next visit to Calgary with an afternoon spent at the Lougheed House.

Fort Edmonton National Historic Site of Canada

Otherwise known as Fort Edmonton Park, the Fort Edmonton National Historical Site of Canada, commemorates the five fur trade posts collectively known as Fort Edmonton. The site is located in of present-day west Edmonton on the bank of the North Saskatchewan River.

The park houses a large collection of reconstructed buildings and artifacts representing southern Alberta's fur trade industry from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. The park features costumed interpreters, lively events, and carnival-esque attractions paying homage to Edmonton's historic origins.

Fort Calgary

See some authentic Calgary history on your next visit. Fort Calgary was a pine and spruce log fort built in 1875, at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The original name of the fort was Fort Brisebois, after Commander Brisebois. It was built to force the whiskey traders out of the area, which is now Calgary.

The fort was renamed in 1876 by James MacLeod, after a castle at Calgary Bay in Scotland.

The fort was demolished in 1914, when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway used the land to build their rail terminal. A team of archaeologists from the University of Calgary unearthed some of the fort's original wood beams in 1969 and 1970. The 40-acre site has been a National Historic Site since 1974. Enjoy your time in Southern Alberta.

Bar U Ranch National Historic Site of Canada

During your next visit to Calgary and southern Alberta, be sure to make time to see the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. Southwest of downtown Calgary you can find this legendary and iconic ranch just west of Cowboy Trail Road along Highway 540. 

At its peak, Bar U Ranch featured more than 1,000 Percheron horse, and over 30,000 cattle. For nearly 70 years, Bar U Ranch was the leading ranching outfit in all of Canada. Today, Bar U Ranch is a well-preserved National Historic Site – it's an ideal destination for families looking for an outdoor adventure near Calgary. Enjoy tours, museums, and special rodeo events.