Originally created as a centennial tribute to the past, Fort Edmonton Park has become a tradition all its own. The park, which opened in 1967, honours the history of Edmonton’s early past, while providing a few modern surprises for visitors. Here at Expedia Canada, we love trips exploring historical landmarks, which is why we’ve partnered with Fort Edmonton Park to present you the top reasons to put Fort Edmonton Park on your to-do list this year.
Teacups and Biscuits
Remember tea parties as a kid? Well, they’re even better as an adult when there’s real tea and snacks on the table. Enjoy the Pioneer High Tea every Wednesday at Johnson’s Café. The strong brews are served with open-faced sandwiches, scones, desserts, pastries, and cookies along with Devonshire cream and strawberry butter. Why spend all that cash at a chain coffee shop on the way to the park when you can have a unique experience once you’re here?
Whisky and Mahogany
If you want something stronger than tea, head to the Mahogany Room. The old saloon was once regarded as the longest bar in Canada and continues to offer a turn-of-the-century feel. The 1920s style complements the rich undertones of mahogany woods. Stretch your legs at the standing bar and get to know the fellow patrons and visitors to the park.
Lights and Cues
Treat your family to a taste of something both old and new with a visit to the Capitol Theatre. The building is a re-creation of the original 1929 theatre, and features French windows and plush red seats. The stage is a revolving arena of play revivals, new musicals, and even classic films. There’s enough room to host 243 people, along with four wheelchair-friendly areas, so there’s more than enough space for the whole family to squeeze in for a show.
History and Carriages
Don’t forget to tour the actual landscape of Fort Edmonton Park once you’re there. It’s sectioned off into four unique “eras” that allow you to interactive with life as it once was. Start in the 1846 Fort, where you can tour the reconstructed trade house, fur press, water tower, ice house, and boat shed. Next, wander into the 1885 section where you can take a horse-drawn ride and play a game of billiards at the local saloon. In the 1905 zone, walk through the home of Alberta’s first Premier and hop onto the historic on-site street car. Lastly, make your way to the 1920 corner of the park, where you can play a game of mini golf and grab an old-fashioned ice cream cone at the confectionery.
Whether you’re bringing your family, a date, or travelling solo, you can’t go wrong with a day in Fort Edmonton Park.
All photos provided courtesy of Fort Edmonton Park
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