The Confluence Historic Site & Parkland

The Confluence Historic Site & Parkland

The Confluence Historic Site & Parkland
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Like the Bow and Elbow rivers that meet here, so do countless stories. Some are as old as time. Some are forever intertwined. The Confluence Historic Site & Parkland is a destination for locals to find a sense of identity and connection to the land they live on, and where tourists can learn the stories and cultures of this special place. When you visit The Confluence, you stand on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of Treaty 7, including the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai; the Tsuut’ina; and the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nations of the Stoney-Nakoda. This is also homeland to the historic Northwest Métis and to the Otipemisiwak Métis Government Nose Hill Métis District 5. This is where the North West Mounted Police arrived in 1875 and built the fort that became the foundation for the city of Calgary. It is where two worldviews collided, forever changing the people and the place.
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  • JC
    London, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great little museum
    This is a great little museum about the history of the Fort and how the Pacific Railway impacted the country and residents. This is a self guided museum which works well as the displays are clear and easy to digest. There were staff members on the desk who will answer any questions you have, they seemed very knowledgeable on the topics. The museum is located East of Downtown and it is easily accessible by foot or public transport.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • SAROJA R
    Hamilton, New Jersey159 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fort Calgary
    his is a great little museum about the history of the Fort and how the Pacific Railway impacted the country and residents. The front office ladies were very pleasant and let us wander around and take our time exploring the various rooms filled with rich history. There is a small entrance fee but worth the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • msc363
    Washington DC, District of Columbia130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learned lots about Calgary's history
    So much thought has gone into designing this small museum. It was so neat that they let you into the changes they've made over time, offering visitors more of a window into historiography. The exhibits were well-designed and we enjoyed seeing how they've made the history here more inclusive. The indoor portion exceeded our expectations and we learned a lot about Calgary. The outdoor portion was a bit disappointing, but we didn't have time to do their tour. I imagine it's more meaningful if you do that.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
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James R
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a trip that my wife wanted to, and I'll be honest, I was a little sceptical when I looked at the size of the place. Thankfully I didn't object and we went. And I was glad we did! For a fairly small facility they've crammed in a surprising amount of information. It's a mini 'evolution of Canada' all under one roof.

Certain worth a look!
Written 31 August 2022
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Jessica S
Canada502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Solo
This place is well worth a visit. I adored the exhibits inside which featured little spaces to explore, like a traditional hospital, RCMP detachment or pharmacy, in Calgary’s past. Bonus points for exhibits kids can put their hands on!
Written 3 June 2022
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msc363
Washington DC, DC130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
So much thought has gone into designing this small museum. It was so neat that they let you into the changes they've made over time, offering visitors more of a window into historiography. The exhibits were well-designed and we enjoyed seeing how they've made the history here more inclusive.

The indoor portion exceeded our expectations and we learned a lot about Calgary. The outdoor portion was a bit disappointing, but we didn't have time to do their tour. I imagine it's more meaningful if you do that.
Written 9 September 2023
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SAROJA R
Hamilton, NJ159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
his is a great little museum about the history of the Fort and how the Pacific Railway impacted the country and residents. The front office ladies were very pleasant and let us wander around and take our time exploring the various rooms filled with rich history. There is a small entrance fee but worth the visit.
Written 6 September 2023
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JC
London, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is a great little museum about the history of the Fort and how the Pacific Railway impacted the country and residents. This is a self guided museum which works well as the displays are clear and easy to digest. There were staff members on the desk who will answer any questions you have, they seemed very knowledgeable on the topics.

The museum is located East of Downtown and it is easily accessible by foot or public transport.
Written 27 July 2023
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dodge440
London, England786 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
We had a couple of hours to kill and this was well worth it. Lots on the history of how Calgary developed and how badly the First Nation people were treated. Very interesting stuff. We also had a walk along the river and found a coffee shop nearby - no cafe at the fort surprisingly.
Written 4 August 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,927 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015
When I first saw Fort Calgary, I was a little bit underwhelmed to be honest, but after a 45 mnute visit, I had changed my opinion - it was really interesting!
It is a small, unremarkable building on huge empty grassy grounds - as I said underwhelming - but once you get up close and start to read the displays, I have to say I got pretty engrossed. it is a brilliant history lesson on the origins of Calgary and the Mounted Police. Inside there is a museum of course and it is packed full of similarly interesting exhibits.
All in all a very well spent 45 minutes, about 10-15 minutes walk from Stephens/Downtown towards Inglewood.
Written 5 August 2015
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Tibia
Prague, Czech Republic105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Couples
We decided to go there at first during our stay in Calgary. Then we took a walk from the Fort, go along the river up to the city centre. Wonderful!
Written 8 October 2016
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Pat G
Calgary, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
We have enjoyed several visits to Fort Calgary for fabulous brunch experiences. Reservations are always recommended, especially for busy times like Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Easter etc. The menu is always amazing, with both buffet and a la carte choices. Gluten-free options are extensive and delicious. Families, seniors, couples are welcome and treated well by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Friends who have joined us on several occasions have always raved about their experience with us here. Either before or after brunch, be sure to visit the museum and if weather permits, walk around outside too. This is a place to which we return again and again, and always feel delighted that we came.
Written 27 December 2016
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,940 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
As first time visitors to Calgary my husband and I found Fort Calgary very interesting and informative on the history of Calgary. The building I believe is a replica of military barracks and is situated inside the Historic Park on the Bow River.
Written 30 May 2016
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