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Fort Calgary

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Address: 750 9th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-290-1875
09:00 - 17:00
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Fort Calgary was founded in 1875 when the NWMP crossed the Bow River and...

Fort Calgary was founded in 1875 when the NWMP crossed the Bow River and laid the foundations for Calgary at the place where the Bow meets the Elbow River. Today, Fort Calgary’s interpretive centre allows you to explore the rich heritage of Calgary and the RCMP. The large outdoor park area is a great way to enjoy the river landscape, and offers unique views of downtown Calgary. Fort Calgary offers meeting and event spaces, as well as special events on most holidays. Open from 9 am – 5 pm daily, all year round.

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Interesting museum

More a history of Calgary than a museum of the fort as that no longer exists. As a museum of Calgary it really is quite good.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Jeffrey W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Fort Calgary this morning. It's mostly geared towards school aged children with lots of interactive displays ect. As for adults it's still interesting to read the birth of Calgary. Everyone was super friendly, even had the security guard take my pictures.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent venue for brunch Good selection of everything Roast Beef, Primerib, omelets etc Good price point and easy to navigate as brunch goes

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

More a history of Calgary than a museum of the fort as that no longer exists. As a museum of Calgary it really is quite good.

Thank Jeffrey W
Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

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!

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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I knew nothing of the history of Calgary, and this Fort was a surprise. It was laid out as a museum, with a walking path, in a way exposing the visitor to the history and sights of Calgary's past. I remember a "pharmacy", with old-fashioned bottles of chemicals set up as they hmay have been in a pharmacy. Old electrical... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My husband and I did the tour of Fort Calgary while visiting our son. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was well worth the visit. We enjoyed learning about the city and how the RCMP came about. A must see while in Calgary.

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Salinas, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We weren't sure what to expect, but thought there would have been some of the old fort to see. That was not the case. They have done a great job of recreating the fort inside of a new building. The history of Calgary was interesting and well represented by photos and artifacts from different periods. The area outside where the... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a good attraction for a rainy or cold day since most of the exhibits are indoors. There are lots of signs that explain the history of the fort and the development of the Royal Northwest/Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Pacific Railroad and the city of Calgary. The exhibits show the what the daily life was like at the fort... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I was disappointed with the presentation of the Fort. The welcome was friendly but the map of the interior was confusing. What I presume was the old Fort had a lot of potential but seemed to be being used for meeting spaces.

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FortCalgary, Manager at Fort Calgary, responded to this review

Hello Roz - very sorry to hear that you found our museum disappointing. We would love to hear your suggestions for improvements, or how we could help make the map clearer for our visitors. If you would like to discuss further please email socialmedia@fortcalgary.com. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Anyone who lives in the city will already know this, but for people arriving in Calgary for the first time be aware that this is a museum of Calgary's history housed in a reproduction of the fort. Interesting exhibits about how the city was founded as a Mounties post, to the building of the railway and through to WWII. There... More 

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