Going Back In Time To Heritage Park ~ We are going back in time to Heritage Park a wonderful place to see what life was like during pioneer times. In Calgary, Alberta near where I live is Heritage Park Historical Village a wonderful park that takes you back to the pioneer days starting with the early 1860’s. It has over 200 exhibits and covers 127 acres next to a beautiful reservoir. Their website states that it is Canada’s largest historical park.
I used to go visit Heritage Park with my family as a child and found it quite magical wandering the streets with the old fashioned general store, hotel, church, ice cream parlour, hotel, bakery, schoolhouse and so many more. There were many different types of pioneer homes with their white picket fences and verandahs.It was always a treat to have a ride on the old paddle wheel boat known as the S.S. Moyie, hop on the train at the train station for a ride around park and enjoy some rides at the midway on the vintage Merry-Go-Round and Ferris Wheel. All of these exhibits are centered around the enchanting town square.
I recently had relatives stay and visit from The Netherlands who wanted to visit this historical park. They had visited the park many years ago but wanted to go back because it was so enjoyable and so different from anything they would see and experience in Europe.
Over the years I’ve been to Heritage Park many, many times. As I mentioned I used to visit it as a child with my family, later as a young adult with friends for something to do and as a parent with my own children as they were growing up. I even used to go to this park with my students on a field trip during December close to Christmas time. I have to admit this was one of my favourite school field trips because we all used to dress up as pioneers and spend a half day in the one-room school house experiencing what a typical school day was like for the teacher and the students. I even had to light the wood burning pot-bellied stove and keep it burning in order to keep the schoolhouse warm and toasty.
Don’t get me wrong. I wanted to visit Heritage Park because I had not been there for a couple of years and I knew there were some changes I had not seen yet. What I did do is come up with my own plan as to what to focus on while I enjoyed the exhibits.
The plan was to look for the conveniences and different forms of technology that helped reduce the challenges of pioneer life. I also wanted to compare them to the conveniences and technologies we use today. After leaving the park I had a greater appreciation for how the pioneers lived their lives as well as a feeling as to how fortunate we are today that a lot of the work and hardships from the past don’t exist today. I know we often feel super busy, overworked and sometimes overwhelmed but I guess with progress comes more things for us to try to juggle and balance.
As you scroll through the photographs, I’d like to suggest for each photograph that you think about the similar item you use today that we take for granted. I love my iPhone, my SUV with its air conditioning to use in hot weather and heated seats when its freezing outside, my Apple desktop computer and my front-loading washing machine and dryer to name a few. I don’t like to iron so I tend to buy clothing that doesn’t need much pressing, hand press garments like my jeans to smooth out the wrinkles and my husband takes his dress shirts to the dry cleaners to have his shirts cleaned and pressed. Visiting this park also made me appreciate not having to use the outhouse and a bed pot under my bed at night. Next time I get frustrated with the slow wifi in my environment I’ll think about the antiquated telephone switchboard. There are two other things that I appreciated being reminded of and that is all I have to do is flick on a switch to either turn on the central heating in the house or the gas fireplace. The final thing that I think we should never take for granted is that we perpetually have fresh clean water to use by just turning on a faucet.
Going Back In Time To Heritage Park…
So now I have some questions for you!
What strategy do you have to enjoy sites and venues that you have previously visited many times?
What conveniences and technologies that we use today do you take for granted?
Have you ever been to Heritage Park and if so what was your favourite exhibit?
I’ll probably go back next year!
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