Calgary’s pioneer spirit shines

Probably the best situation for a visit to Heritage Park is when you’re there for a wedding or a company party. Then you can load up on prime rib, beans and liquor, all paid for by someone else.

But if that opportunity doesn’t present itself, here’s a few more reasons why should you go this summer.

I suppose you could go to get in touch with your roots, to see how great-grandma and great-grandpa lived. And everybody likes trains, right? There’s pretty good selection at the candy store and the bakery, too.

A ride across the Glenmore Reservoir on the S.S. Moyie is a nice touch on a hot summer day, but not worth the price of admission in itself.

Out-of-town visitors of all ages appreciate Heritage Park. A couple of years ago, I took a pair of twentysomething Danish girls there, and they loved it.

For the most part, though, Heritage Park is family-oriented. With amusement park rides and ice cream, it’s got a lot to offer for kids. Parents and grandparents seem to enjoy strolling the grounds and taking in the exhibits.

For the local university-aged visitor, you have to know what to look for. Look for the framed bugs, or the sculpture made of hair. It’s the little, creepy aspects of Heritage Park that make it worth checking out.

Pool is pretty cheap in the snooker hall, and where else can you play on 100-year-old full-size tables?

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