It’s time for adventure, discovery, and outdoor fun — but with a twist! This summer, send your kids back in time for a summer camp experience they will never forget. Heritage Park summer camps bring history to life for an educational adventure filled with pioneer play. Your kids will gain a personal perspective on history and 127 acres of fresh air fun and space to play is a recipe for happy kids and easy bedtimes!
Heritage Park Historical Village is one of Calgary’s top tourist attractions, filled with nearly 100 years of history, from the 1860s to the 1950s. It is the Park’s mission to preserve the history of the early West and to educate and entertain guests of all ages, by allowing you to step into the past. Here, you can walk through the history of how settlers lived on the prairies, from a tiny sod dwelling to the ranchhouse filled with the smell of delicious cooking to the more luxurious Prince House. Throughout the park, Heritage Park’s friendly, costumed interpreters and roving townsfolk bring western Canada’s distinctive history to life.
Heritage Park summer camps allow your kids to travel through this history while being fully immersed in old-fashioned fun! With day camps for kids ages 6 – 14 and an overnight camp for kids ages 12 – 15, all Heritage Park summer camps are hands-on and fun-filled. They give kids a unique taste of how things used to be. Not only will kids be making friends and staying active, but they’ll also be getting back to the basics and learning crucial leadership and life skills.
Campers, dressed in period costumes, journey back in time to discover train, horse, and wagon travel, learn their lessons in a one-room schoolhouse and even do a few chores around the ranch. Your child’s journey begins in the 1860s, where they’ll discover Indigenous stories, the traditions of the Plains First Nations, and the lives of the fur traders. They’ll delve into hands-on activities in a 1910 town and ranch area and explore the bustling streets of the 1940s with the Gasoline Alley Museum. This is a week they will remember for a lifetime!
Heritage Park has two fantastic day camps and one overnight option to choose from, depending on your child’s age. Historically appropriate costumes will be provided to the children to help them go back in time and must be worn each day. Day camps run from 9:30 am – 4 pm and you can also register for pre-care starting at 8:30 am and/or after-care until 5 pm.
Prairie Explorers (Ages 6 – 11)
Children will experience life as pioneer kids in the Prairie Explorers camp. They’ll find out what games, crafts, and activities were popular a hundred years ago and discover what a day on the farm might look like, such as collecting eggs from the hen house and making ice cream from scratch. Campers will be divided into groups based on age.
Frontier Artist (Ages 12 – 14)
Do your kids love to make art? The Art Explorers camp allows kids to engage in art and nature activities that will help them experience the life of Indigenous peoples and pioneers in the early west. They can sketch wildlife and try needle-felting and dyeing. They’ll learn the art of Métis beading and make their own art print on the antique printing press.
Home on the Range Overnight Camp (Ages 12 – 15)
During a Home on the Range overnight camp, young pioneers will be immersed in history from sunrise to sundown for five days (and four nights). It will be an experience they’ll always remember, as they tour Heritage Park after dark, cook on a wood-burning stove, feed the animals, and sing along at the campfire. This camp begins Monday morning at 9 am and ends Friday afternoon at 4 pm.
Sign up your young time traveller for a fantastic summer experience at Heritage Park. They will gain an appreciation for getting back to the basics, building confidence as they live like a pioneer and travel through 100 years of history. Registration is now open, so don’t miss out on this amazing experience!
Heritage Park Summer Camp:
When: July and August 2023
Time: Day camps: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Address: 1900 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, AB