Yesterday we got up early and headed to Heritage Park for the opening of the park at 9:30 a.m. We parked and after paying $1 each, we took a restored Calgary Municipal Street Car into the Historical Village where we did some scouting out of the shopping. Oliver was asked to blow the street car’s whistle so he was thrilled and after getting to the main entrance he goes, “there’s more?”.
We then headed into Gasoline Alley where we checked out a series of old historic cars and a restored gas station. After heading into the main park, we immediately got into a steam powered locomotive at Midnapore Station to Shepard Station that took us to the back of the park.
From there we took the replica paddlewheeler out into Glenmore Reservoir where we watched some rowing and sailing races. The breeze just about froze me to death but Jordon and Mark found it refreshing so I used Jordon as a wind break.
From there we checked out the old midway where Oliver and Mark went on the Caterpillar. As it was going Jordon read the sign that says that it was super popular for dating couples to go on because once the top closed, there was no telling what was happening. Mark got off the ride with a “you’ve got to be kidding me look on his face”.
Then it was off to the old Vulcan Ice Cream Parlour and explored the rest of Main Street. I wandered into the old Gledhill’s Drugstore which used to be in Dundurn and later Hanley. I bought Jordon and old retro camera and typewriter poster sized advertisements. Mark wanted one of the camera as well.
I hit up the bakery, checked out an wooden oil rig, and road the train to different parts of the park.
Finally it was time to go and we picked up a couple of things at the gift shops in the entrance to the park. Mark wanted a poster that showed the history of Canadian aviation. I got a print of an early advertisement for CP Rail and the Chateau Laurier.