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The Park is divided into four distinct Eras:
- The Fur Trading Era as represented by the Hudson Bay Company Trading Fort (circa 1846)
- The Settlement Era as depicted on 1885 Street
- The Municipal Era (post railway) brought to life on 1905 Street
- The Metropolitan Era portrayed on 1920 Street and the Johnny J Jones Midway
Costumed interpreters play characters based on real-life individuals who lived in the area. We welcome you to get to know them better. They enjoy talking about themselves and their lifestyles. The costumes are designed and constructed as was the fashion of the day. You’ll not find any velcro in this collection!
The buildings and artifacts found in each era are typical of the times. Some are original and others are detailed re-creations.
Each era offers the visitor a variety of experiences relevant to life and times of the populous. You are encouraged to take part in the activities throughout the Park.
1846 Fort: The Fur Trading Era
A city built on fashion “ discover the reason behind building at this location.
- Catch a demonstration of one of the heritage skills
- Get to know one of the Characters of the era
- Participate in games and activities
- Visit the Tipis
- Barter for beads and other goods in the Trade Store
1885 Street: The Settlement Era
Times were tough and life was hard for homesteaders in this remote settlement.
- Take a horse-drawn ride
- Browse through McDougall’s General and Daly’s Drug Stores
- Visit the animals at Ottewell Farm
- Stop in for a freshly baked treat at the Jasper House Bakery
- Shoot a game of billiards at Kelly’s Saloon
1905 Street: The Municipal Era
A burgeoning municipality in a brand new Province
- Visit the home of Alberta’s first Premier, Alexander Rutherford
- Test your skill at the Penny Arcade
- Catch a ride on an historic streetcar
- Get your picture taken in historical costume at Ernest Brown’s
- Tour the fire hall and municipal offices
1920 Street: The Metropolitan Era
Growth, sets-backs, social movements and modernization.
- Play a round of Tom Thumb Mini-Golf
- Watch Northern Light, the 4D short film at the Capitol
- Stop in at the Hotel Selkirk for old-time hospitality
- Take in the rides and games at Johnny J Jones’ Midway
- Enjoy ice cream at Bill’s Confectionary
Take a ride into the past on the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, original streetcars, wagon rides, stagecoach or pony rides. All period transportation rides are included in your admission to the Park.
Edmonton, Yukon & Pacific Railway
Our 1919 Baldwin Steam Train will take you from the train station to our 1846 Hudson’s Bay and back again.
The caboose is wheelchair accessible. The train conductor can assist with boarding. Free for wheelchair patrons.
Ride the rails to 1905 and 1920 streets – our valued volunteers of the Edmonton Radial Railway Society restore and maintain all of the Park’s streetcars. As a safety policy, we are no longer able to accommodate strollers, walkers, wheelchairs or wagons on our street cars.
Wagons pick up passengers in front of McDougall’s General Store. Upon the completion of the circuit all passengers must exit the wagon. Visitors wishing to ride again must wait in line for their turn. Children under 12 are not permitted to ride alone.
Our adorable hard-working ponies are pleased to take little visitors for a ride. The well-being of our ponies is carefully monitored by our Pony Handlers. Unscheduled breaks may be called from time to time. Pony rides start at 11am daily – weather permitting.
Rules and Regulations: Riders must be no taller than the bar to ride. Riders must be able to sit upright without assistance. Rides are provided on a first-come first-served basis. Riders and spectators must follow the instructions of the Pony Handlers at all times.
Please speak with one of our Pony Handlers for information about breaks and wait times.
1920s Johnny J. Jones Midway
Midway & Exhibition
Ride the beautiful hand-carved horses on the carousel, soar to the heavens on the Ferris wheel, and test yourself with games of skill. Experience the excitement of a real 1920s-style Midway. Tickets for all of the amusements can be purchased at the admissions centre or at on-site stores.
Test your shooting skill and accuracy in this turn of the century shooting gallery. Listen to the player piano, and try out the historical arcade machines.
Tom Thumb Miniature Golf
All the rage in the 1920s, miniature golf is challenging and relaxing. Play a game with the whole family or get in a quick nine on your own.
The rides start at McDougall’s general store on 1885 Street. This quiet, scenic loop past the pond and the Fort takes about 10 minutes.
Check in at the Ottewell homestead farm yard. Ponies are for children who want to experience a little of the pioneer west.
Rules to Ride
- Hold on with both hands
- To ride alone you must as tall as the height line
- Stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop
- No standing on the ride platform while ride is operating
- No food or drink on ride
- No smoking on rides or in ride lines
- Exit only through exit gate
- Carousel: Persons under 122 cm (48 in) must ride in a chariot or double on a horse with someone at least 12 years of age who meets the minimum ride-alone height requirement.
- Ferris Wheel: persons under 36 inches in height are not permitted on the ride. Persons under 48 inches in height must be accompanied by someone 12 years of age or older and who meets height requirements.
- Chair-o-Plane: children under 36 inches are not permitted on the ride, children under 48 inches must ride with an adult, maximum weight for a single rider is 175 lbs or 79 kg; maximum weight in a double chair is 350 lbs or 158 kg total for both riders.
- Fun House: children under 36 inches are not permitted on the ride children under 48 inches must enter with an adult.
- Bug/Menagerie: maximum weight of child is 50 lbs or 22 kg.
This new building, which was completed in Summer 2011, is a beautiful re-creation of Edmonton’s original Capitol Theatre, circa 1929.
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Ernest Brown Photography
Ernest Brown Photography on 1905 Street has the best in historical photos. Have your photo taken in one of our hundreds of period costumes?Read More >