Walking Through History at Fort Edmonton Park

“Immerse yourself in a journey through time” is the first quote you’ll find on the Fort Edmonton Park website, and that is exactly what you will be doing when you go to visit it.

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What is Fort Edmonton Park?

Upon your arrival at Fort Edmonton Park, you will have the opportunity to travel through time by visiting four specific eras: 1846, 1885, 1905, and 1920.

Map courtesy of the Fort Edmonton Park website

While walking through the different parts of the park, you will not only see what the structures were like in these particular time periods, but you will also get a feel for what the environment was like since the park staff are dressed up in clothing from their respective time period and will give you information about that era.

So what kinds of things can you expect?

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Train ride

When you first get to Fort Edmonton Park, you will line up for a train which will take you to the first section of the park: the year 1846.

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I have to admit that this was one of my most favourite moments within the park. First of all, the conductor and the other staff within the train are all dressed up in era-appropriate attire, which makes the whole train ride so memorable. Secondly, when the train sets off, if you look off into the distance, you will see other staff members (also dressed in era-appropriate clothing) waving their hands, waving handkerchiefs, and waving their hats as if to say “bon-voyage” – Something that you would expect would be the case back in the day.

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It is once the train stops that you begin your journey over a hundred years back in time. You have arrived in the year 1846 and are faced with the fort which is the epitome of the park.

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Welcome to Fort Edmonton!

Make sure to take your time and go into the buildings to see all that is happening. You will be quite surprised at how much there actually is to see and learn from.

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The chess set in the back has been carved from wood. Also take note of their source of light – a candle that would be put in that glass.
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The beds all had animal fur sheets – as was appropriate for that era. If I were to guess, this looks like it came from a polar bear?
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Not only were there wooden buildings that contained animal furs, but there were also small wooden buildings that contained different kinds of foods.
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There was also more than one building which contained a variety of tools.

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Once you finish your exploration of the year 1846, it’s time to head forward in time to 1885. Only a few minutes walk from the fort, you will come across buildings which give off a much different vibe than those seen in the year 1846.

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Again, make sure to walk into each building or home. Take your time and imagine what life would have been like in the 1880s.

For example, being a woman in this time period would have left you with less freedom. How would that have made your life different in comparison to now?

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My most favourite section of the park was this era. In addition to being able to see different kinds of stores, the park had also brought in actual houses which were built in this time period.

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Can you spot the two people wearing their era-appropriate clothing?

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If I had to pick one section of the park that I least liked, I think it would have had to be this one. Primarily, it was because many of the stores and the theater were closed to the public so you actually couldn’t explore much. Not sure if it is like that all of the time or if it was just the specific day that I was there for.

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A view of the theater
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What a pharmacy would have looked like in this era

Granted, I did find my dream house within this section of the park:

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A cute, little white house with a red dog house on farm land.

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Did you know?

Here are a few things that I learned while going through Fort Edmonton Park:

Block Tea

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During the 1900s, this was the traditional way in which tea was transported from China. It makes sense though, doesn’t it? Rather than having a whole bunch of loose leaves, compressing the tea leaves within a block would make it much easier and less messy to transport around.

To make some tea, all you would do would be to break off a piece of the block and crush it in order to separate the leaves. Finally, you would place the leaves within a tea strainer and add boiling water to it.


Alcohol as a remedy?
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This sign was found within a remedy shop in the 1900s era. I can only assume that during this time period, alcohol was considered a solution for getting better.


During the 1900s, pineapples were quite expensive. So, having one was considered to be a sign of wealth. Sometimes, people would even rent a pineapple for parties to put on display (not to eat, just to look at).

Now, if you lived in the 1900s and saw a pineapple design over a doorway, what would that mean?
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A pineapple design over a doorway would have meant that people were welcome into that room. They did not need the permission of the home owner to walk into that room. Same went for a room that had a curtain. If a doorway did not have curtains or a pineapple design however, guests would not be allowed into that room until the owner invited them into it.

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Admission Rates

3-17 years: $20.90
18+: $26.20
65+: $20.90
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): $95.00

To be completely honest with you all, I do believe that the admission is too expensive. However, I still think that going to Fort Edmonton Park is a unique experience and if you have both the time and the money, I would recommend you go check it out.

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2017 Summer Hours

May 20 – June 30
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays: 10:00am – 5:00pm

July 1 – September 4
Daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm

September 9 – 23
Saturday and Sunday only: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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For more information, make sure to check out Fort Edmonton Park’s website!





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