Calgary’s Heritage Park interpretive centre getting natural resource development display

CALGARY – The federal government is providing $2 million in funding for $7.5 million interactive exhibits about the history of natural resource development in Western Canada, particularly in the oil, coal and gold mining industries.

The natural resources interpretive centre will be at Heritage Park Historical Village.

“This new interpretive centre at Heritage Park will ensure that Albertans and visitors from across the country and the world can better understand the history of natural resource development in Canada, and our commitment to sustainable development for the future,” said Member of Parliament Kent Hehr in a prepared statement today.

In addition to documenting the past, the centre will also highlight Canada’s role as a leader in the advancement of green technologies.

The 418 square metre (4,500 square foot) facility will feature clean technologies such as solar power for demonstration and education purposes. The new centre will add to Heritage Park’s over 180 attractions and exhibits that provide visitors with an immersive historical experience of life in Western Canada from the 1860s to 1950s.

The Government of Canada is contributing the money through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The remaining funds for the project are being provided by the Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary and the Heritage Park Society.

The Government of Alberta today reaffirmed its commitment to invest $1.5 million to help construct the new natural resources interpretive centre at Calgary’s Heritage Park. 

“These projects get people working again. From shorter-term jobs during planning, design and construction to long-term, local operations and maintenance employment opportunities, infrastructure investments help ensure a prosperous future for all,” said Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure for Alberta

“When visiting this new interpretive centre, visitors will see that Calgary is not only home to energy in all its forms, but it always has been,” said Mayor Naheed K. Nenshi, City of Calgary.

“Guests will get to step back in time and see how important our natural resources and the innovation to harness them has been for our shared prosperity. Heritage Park has been a crucial resource for educating and entertaining visitors, and that tradition will continue with this latest addition.”

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.

Heritage Park Historical Village opened on July 1, 1964. The park is one of Calgary’s premier tourist attractions and one of North America’s largest and most successful living history museums.

“Heritage Park is one of Calgary’s most notable tourism destinations,” said said Whitney Issik, Alberta MLA for Calgary-Glenmore.

“The addition of the natural resources interpretive centre will share an important part of Alberta’s history and future with the world. It will be a great addition to our community.”

Throughout the year, guests can interact with about 100 years of history.  The exhibits start with the early 1860s fur trade and go up to the petroleum and automobile-dominated 1950s.

Heritage Park aims to preserve the history of the early West, as well as educate and entertain guests.

Heritage Park’s beauty and history make it a natural draw for families and visitors,” said Leela Sharon Aheer, Alberta Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.

“The addition of the interpretive centre will demonstrate the development of natural resources in Canada which will help preserve and promote appreciation for our rich and diverse history.”

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