Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fort Calgary

PLACES - Located on the eastern edge of Calgary's downtown is Fort Calgary: a historical site and museum that celebrate the very beginnings of Calgary as a place of permanent settlement. Long before Calgary was known as "Oil-City" or "Cow-Town", it was a frontier outpost of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP). Established in 1875, Fort Calgary was built the year after the NWMP had made their Great March West: driving out the American whiskey traders that had impoverished and devastated the native peoples of this area. Today visitors can step back in time and enjoy interactive exhibits, tours, and the natural park space of this 40-acre site located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, right in the heart of modern-day Calgary.