The Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project is a $165 Million investment in the Park from all three levels of government and the Fort Edmonton Foundation.
Construction on the project began in Fall 2018 and will be complete when Fort Edmonton Park reopens in May 2021.
As a result of the on-site construction activities, the Park will be closed for the 2019 general admission (May-September) season. There will be some activity in the Park during this time, including weddings, corporate retreats, galas and other special events.
The four main Enhancement Projects include:
- The Indigenous Peoples Experience
- Expansion of the 1920’s-style midway
- A new front entry plaza and guest services area
- Expansion of the Hotel Selkirk
Indigenous Peoples Experience
The Indigenous Peoples Experience is a new signature exhibit that will provide accurate and respectful First Nations and Métis storytelling in a fun, educational, and engaging way. Through programming, replicated Indigenous objects, graphics, and media, visitors will get a more complete picture of the role of Indigenous people in the development of the Edmonton region. The cultural gathering place will reflect the area’s diversity, the shared pre- and post-contact history, and the journey towards reconciliation.
1920’s-Style Midway Expansion
Built to recreate the midway featured at the Edmonton Summer Exhibition, the expansion will reflect a typical 1920’s-style carnival. Along with an expanded rental venue space, the upgraded midway will feature a new Ferris wheel, fun house, maze, new games and the much-acclaimed Cabinet of Curios exhibit.
Front Entry Plaza and Guest Services Area
A new entrance will welcome visitors to Fort Edmonton Park and provide the conveniences of a high-quality tourist attraction. It will include a new pathway and entry plaza and house a café, gift shop, washrooms, ticketing and guest services.
Hotel Selkirk Expansion
The Hotel represents the time when there was rapid growth in Edmonton. The expanded venue will attract conferences and weddings with a beautiful 250-person ballroom, a more open lounge area and additional room amenities.
There are many sub-projects that are part of the Enhancement Project scope that include but are not limited to:
All existing underground utilities will be replaced with infrastructure that will allow for future expansion of services. This includes storm sewer, sanitary sewer, natural gas, power, water, and communications.
Steam Train Maintenance Facility
A new facility with all amenities to support the maintenance on our 100-year old Baldwin steam train.
- Interior Design of Indigenous Peoples Experience
- Guard House
- Street Car Barn (Edmonton Radial Railway Society)
- Hotel Selkirk Expansion
- Johnny J. Jones Exposition Enhancement (Midway)
- Indigenous Peoples Experience
- Utility Enhancement
- Front Entrance and Guest Admission
- Steam Train Maintenance Facility
- Edmonton Model Railway Association Facility