Connecting You to Edmonton’s Past

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With the rise of the smartphone and the coming of Google Glass, the seam between real life and a digital experience will begin to blur as the world becomes the web for browsing. This spring Fort Edmonton Park has partnered with Aurasma.com, to create an AR (Augmented Reality) experience across the city of Edmonton for the summer season. The AR …

National Poetry Month – Edmonton Literary Societies

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As early as 1882, there were literary societies and groups active (though admittedly sometimes intermittently) in Edmonton. For example, according to the December 16, 1882 edition of the Edmonton Bulletin, the Edmonton Literary Society stocked a reading room with magazines and books including British publications and items from Ontario and western Canada. While the impetus for these societies was more …

National Poetry Month – The Earl of Southesk

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With National Poetry Month drawing to a close, join us over this next week as we post a few of Edmonton’s historical poets or poetry relating to Edmonton’s past. Today: The Earl of Southesk! James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk, is sometimes described as Western Canada’s first tourist. He left Scotland and travelled to what is now Canada in 1859, …

The Irishmen of Fort Edmonton

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Saturday, March 17, 2012 We hope you have your lucky shamrock with you this St. Patrick Day.  We wanted to highlight some of the folks with Irish roots in the Fort Edmonton community, so we hope you’re not too deep into your green beer for a little trivia.  These three gentlemen, each with their own quirks and hobbies all made …

Fort Edmonton Park – Did You Know?

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Think you know a lot about Fort Edmonton Park? Here are 5 things that you might not know about Canada’s largest living history museum… 1. Our recreation of Fort Edmonton has lasted longer in its 1846 configuration than the original complex from the 19th century. 2. We use colour photocopiers to create authentic ‘prop’ money for many of the different …

Anthony Henday: More Than Just a Road

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With the Anthony Henday ring road nearing completion in Edmonton, we thought we’d share with you some of the history of the man behind the name. This European explorer can largely be attributed to setting the foundations of what would later become Fort Edmonton, and later, the city we all call home. Join us, as we jump back to a …

Top 10 Things to Do at FEP if you Think You’ve Seen it All

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Think you’ve seen it all?  We’ve asked our interpreters to build a list of their top 10 things to see at Fort Edmonton Park in case you think you’ve seen it all. Have you discovered something else worth sharing? We’d love to hear about it, share it in the comment below. 1. Take a ride on the train, it never …

Barn Cats at the Park

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Fort Edmonton Park is home to a variety of animals. One of our staff members came across this little guy the other day. Says Public Interpretation Coordinator Tom Long – “These barn cats live around the park and keep the mice population down. They don’t generally like people, but sometimes you can get close enough to get a photo!”

Future Park Interpreters

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We often have a pair or more of geese who nest somewhere in the Fort and have their goslings in the early Spring. One pair always liked to nest on top of the Ice House in the Fort, which has a sod roof (to keep the interior cool). They found it nice and safe and cushy. An interesting note: that …

Wedding Pictures From The Fort – Alya and Randall

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Fort Edmonton Park is a popular wedding destination for Edmonton brides and grooms. The Park provides a unique backdrop for wedding photos as well. Here’s a look at some shots from Lloyd at Night and Day Photography. Lloyd has shot at the park a few times and was nice enough to share some pictures from Alya and Randall’s wedding in 2008. …

Courting in the Fur Trade

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Nestled in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley, Fort Edmonton Park’s Hotel Selkirk provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a picnic while experiencing living history. The culinary staff at Hotel Selkirk has created a delicious picnic menu, which they will pack in a picnic basket complete with dinner ware and utensils. Picnic blankets are also available should you wish to relax under …