Old Fashioned Christmas - November 26, 12 pm to 5 pm
This Year’s annual Old Fashioned Christmas is one of Fort McMurray’s major holiday events. Heritage Park chooses themes that complement our goal of having a warm, traditional, old time Christmas celebration.
Old Fashioned Christmas is an event that the whole community enjoys. There is something for the whole family, with outdoor skating, caroling, live entertainment, hot drinks around a fire, Old Fashioned Christmas helps to get you in a festive mood. Several adult and children’s activities highlight the day & and let’s not forget Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves always make a special stop at Heritage Park for the day!
Additional Information: Admission by donation
Heritage Park is Fort McMurray's own little village locked in time. Come to the park during the summer months and stroll through history. No appointment needed!
On your self-guided tour you will find historic buildings and artifacts that showcase our community's unique history. From the early 1900s trapper's cabin and Catholic Mission to Walter Hill's Drugstore from the 1930s, Heritage Park preserves Fort McMurray and region's past for generations to come. Guided tours of Heritage Park are also available.
Fort McMurray Historical Society
Heritage Park is operated by the Fort McMurray Historical Society, a charitable, non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to maintain and cherish our city’s unique heritage. Funded by grants, sponsorships and donations, our goal at Heritage Park is to educate the public by providing access to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s treasured artifacts, archives, and photographs. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and community volunteers. It is through your community spirit and generosity that Heritage Park continues to be a vibrant and innovative museum.
Bob Duncan, the founding president of the Fort McMurray Historical Society, spearheaded the creation of Heritage Park in 1963. His goal was to ensure that the history of the Fort McMurray and surrounding region was recorded and preserved for future generations. In 1964, the land was donated to create the present 6.6 acre facility for Heritage Park.
Financial support for Heritage Park has come from many different areas over the years including private citizens, corporate donations, municipal and provincial funding and the Alberta Museums Association. Today's park is the culmination of over 40 years of hard work and dedication of our board of directors, staff and volunteers. All buildings and large artifacts in Heritage Park have been relocated here from other sites in Fort McMurray. The work to restore and maintain the buildings and large artifacts is ongoing.
In 2007 Heritage Park achieved Recognized Museum Status. We are one of several museums in the province to receive the Recognized Museum a designation from Alberta Museums Association. This designation was earned by participating in the Museum Affirmation Program. This was designed to strengthen the Associations accountability toward the public funds it distributes through grants and programming to the province’s museums.
Museum and Exhibits
Our museum site is a 6.6 acre area containing numerous historic buildings, a collection of large artifacts, and the Heritage Park Community Historical Resource Centre. The historic buildings date from about 1911 to the late 1940’s, providing visitors with a glimpse of Fort McMurray as it was in the first half of the last century.
The buildings are designed to provide visitors with an idea of how specific locations such as the first school room or a trapper's cabin might have looked. Other buildings contain more traditional museum displays on the first bush pilots, the fishing industry, trapping, the fur trade, the salt plants, logging, the railway, the telephone system, the ice harvest, and river transportation. Other exhibitions feature Magistrates, Alberta Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the North West Mounted Police.
Significant features are the Hill House, former home of Walter and Gladys Hill, which contains eight display areas showcasing artifacts from 1934-1970 and the replica Clausen Cabin that depicts the history of forestry through the Huberdeau Collection and forestry artifacts. Coming soon is the addition of the Golosky House.
We have a large artifact collection that includes the Radium Scout, a grader, a drilling rig from the 1920's, a steam tractor, a Fairbanks Morse stationary diesel engine, a Krupp bucket wheel from Syncrude's pilot plant, and Fort McMurray’s first fire truck: Pumper 1. In 2008, we added the 1970s Thiebault ladder truck from the Olds Fire Department.
We also feature exhibits showcasing community groups and organizations as well as traveling exhibits.
Heritage Park has facility rentals ideal for weddings or corporate and group functions as well as other rentals. On a contract basis we rent out:
•Heritage Park Churches - $275.00 plus GST
•Heritage Park Gazebo - $275.00 plus GST
•Bob Duncan Conference Room - $325.00 plus GST
•Events Tent - $275.00 plus GST.
•Dunk Tank - $125.00 plus GST. Transportation to and from Heritage Park is responsibility of renter.
•Ice Rink - $100.00 plus GST.
•Park use for professional Photographs - $75.00 plus GST.
•Garden Plot - $40.00 plus GST.
•Schoolhouse - $275.00 plus GST.