Fort Calgary has a rich history as a place of significance for Indigenous Peoples and is the place where the North West Mounted Police established Fort Calgary in 1875. The site is located on 40 acres of natural land on the Bow and Elbow rivers where many significant archaeological finds have been made — Fort Calgary was declared a national historic site in 1925. They frequently have special events for families.

Fort Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)

Walking Land Acknowledgement

Reconnect with the land, the river, and yourself on a guided tour along the East Village RiverWalk. Your guide will lead you on a walking land acknowledgement for Treaty 7, sharing stories and interactive experiences along the way. Based on Indigenous knowledge, the tour will take an empathetic view of our history and shared reality while exploring how we may reconcile our colonial past. Each tour will be hosted by a Fort Calgary guide and an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper.

This event is offered free to the public as part of Empathy Week, a seven-day festival of events that promote empathy, human connection and recognition of our collective humanity.

When: June 5, 2022
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm

When: June 7, 2022
Time: 5 – 6:30 pm

Fort Calgary (Family Fun Calgary)Native Plants at the Confluence

The first day of summer is only days off and the lands at Fort Calgary are in bloom. Take a guided tour of the plant life thriving where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet — identify plants native to the area, learn how they can be used and listen to some stories about them. Recommended for adults and kids ages 10 and up. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance.

When: June 19, 2022
Time: 1 – 2:30 pm
Where: Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary Events (Family Fun Calgary)Walk for Reconciliation

Join in the Walk for Reconciliation, an opportunity to reflect on the difficult history and atrocities of residential schools in Canada, the legacies of survivors, and how we can all move forward together to overcome adversity.

This annual Walk began in 2009, as a partnership between the Trellis Society (formerly the Aspen Family and Community Network Society) and the Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary, to commemorate former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s formal apology to the survivors of Indian Residential Schools. The annual walk, originally held on June 11, was moved to June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, to acknowledge the larger conversation and active movement towards Reconciliation.

Registration is free and open to everyone.

When: June 21, 2022
Time: 8 – 11:30 am
Where: Meet at the Harry Hays Building, Event to follow at Fort Calgary
Address: 220 4 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-408-7781

Fort Calgary:

Where: Fort Calgary
Address: 750 9th Ave. SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-290-1875