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Fort Edmonton Park

Your Guide to the
Fort Edmonton Park

Tour Edmonton's Historic Past

Fort Edmonton is an Alberta attraction that draws people to its grounds for a variety of reasons. Find out more about the park, its hotel, and even using the grounds for your wedding.


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Location:
The address of the park is 7000 - 143 Street.
Fort Edmonton is located at junction of Fox Drive and Whitemud Drive. Entrance is at the north side of Fox Drive.

Phone Number:
General information: 780-442-5311
Facility booking for weddings, picnics, birthday parties, corporate events etc.: 780-423-4069 or email specialmoments@edmonton.ca

Hours of operation:
Open May long weekend through Labor Day and for special events throughout the year.

Check website below for specific hours.

Website: Fort Edmonton Park

Edmonton Pictures of Fort Edmonton

Photo Gallery of FEP

Wheelchair Accessible: Much of Fort Edmonton Park is wheelchair accessible. Check specifics at the website or call for details.

Admission: For the most up-to-date info check here for Fort Edmonton Admission Costs

Single admission passes, annual passes, or group rates are available.

The Pioneer Annual Pass is good for one year from date of purchase and:

  • Is available for individuals and families, includes unlimited admission during regular park hours
  • Provides admission to special events held during regular FEP hours, and permits preferred access at the Express Entry gate
  • Gives you 50% off the photo sitting fee at the Ernest Brown studio, where patrons are photographed wearing the supplied period costumes plus allows 15% off the price of merchandise purchased throughout the park
  • NEW for 2012: Annual pass holders may purchase an unlimited rides pass for a nominal fee; must be purchased in conjunction with the annual pass
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Fort Edmonton Park Review

Fort Edmonton Park is owned by the city of Edmonton, operated by the Fort Edmonton Management Company, and supported through the Fort Edmonton Foundation.

The site sits on 158 acres along the river valley in central Edmonton.

First imagined as a Canada Centennial project in 1967 to rebuild Fort Edmonton, FEP has become a destination place for those seeking to discover life as it was in Edmonton's past.

The park offers attraction representing four distinct historical eras from Edmonton's history. Costumed interpreters interact with patrons to help represent what it was like to live during these eras.

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The Fort

"The Fort" area of the park presents life as it was in fur-trading period from 1795 to 1870.

Fort Edmonton was an essential settlement, the most strategically located fort west of Winnipeg. The Hudson's Bay post offered goods to settlers, trappers and indigenous peoples alike, and was a major fur-trading and distribution hub in the west.

Within the fort visitors can observe artifacts and historically significant features of over 20 buildings. Interpretive experiences allow guests to not only observe goods and materials of the era, but also better understand how the community functioned.

Included in the Fort experience are such features as:

  • The Indian House trading center where furs were traded and stored
  • Various residences for Hudson's Bay officials and workers
  • Blacksmith's shop
  • Chapel and residence for clergy
  • Watchtower to protect crops and herds as well as identify visiting parties
  • The York boats used to transport furs back east

1885 Street

Visit the "1885 Street" section of the Park to discover how a small western prairie town functioned.

The 1885 Street gives visitors a glimpse of the transformation of Fort Edmonton to the burgeoning western town of Edmonton.

As homesteaders and shopkeepers moved west to till the land and supply goods and services, the town of Edmonton developed. Interpreters provide local color, interesting facts, and interactive opportunities at the various sites.

Learn of the toils and joys of living out west in the late 1800's by stopping by such places as:

  • The Northwest Mounted Police Station
  • J. A. MacDougall General Store
  • Jasper House Hotel
  • Lauder's Bakery
  • Riley's Harness Shop
  • The Edmonton Bulletin building
  • ...and over twenty other structures from the late 1800's

1905 Street

The "1905 Street" represents Edmonton as it quickly developed form a western frontier town in the late 1880's to a modern city in the early 1900's.

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Many structures from the early 1900's have been moved to the park and give visitors a glimpse of life as it was in Edmonton at the turn of the 20th century.

Meander through the town to see such interesting locales as:

  • The Henderson Farm with its round barn
  • The Post Office and Telephone Exchange
  • The Park Bandshell
  • Ramsay's Greenhouse
  • Several residences from the period
  • Churches from the early 1900's

1920 Street

The 1920's ushered in many changes. The "1920 Street" area of the park represents the times and places as they were almost a century ago.

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One can catch a glimpse of the changes in society and the implementing of modern inventions in this area.

During a tour of the 1920 Street one can visit:

  • The Blatchford Hangar
  • J.B. Little Brickyard
  • Sun Drugstore and Bill's Confectionery (still serves ice cream!)
  • Streetcar Barn
  • The Motordrome
  • 1920's midway

Fun things to do at Fort Edmonton Park

  • Have your photo taken in period costume at Ernest Brown Photography
  • Enjoy the fun games and challenges at the 1920's era midway.
  • Ride the train, hop onto a streetcar, enjoy a buggy ride, climb into a wagon, hail a stagecoach, or show the little ones the thrill of a pony ride and specific venues throughout the park.
  • Many hands on opportunities can be enjoyed in all four areas of FEP

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Souvenirs and gift shops are available in all four sections of Fort Edmonton Park. Each area offers fun souvenirs, thoughtful gifts, and a wide variety of quality items to purchase. See the website for details about the shops and selection of goods offered.

Food and beverage can be purchased in a number of locations at FEP. Grab a snack, enjoy a cup of tea or sit down for a meal within the park. The website explains where food can be purchased.

Picnic tables for guests can be found throughout the park.

Fort Edmonton Park Hotel

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Enjoy a meal or an overnight stay at a Fort Edmonton Park Hotel. The Selkirk Hotel is a fully functioning Edmonton hotel where patrons can book a room for a night or two and indulge in delicious cuisine at the Selkirk.

Staying at the Selkirk gives you the opportunity to enjoy the park at a leisurely rate, rest during the day if you wish, or make your stay at the park a destination vacation.

Weddings

Wedding guests and wedding parties find staying at the Selkirk a charming and convenient choice when participating in a Fort Edmonton Park wedding.

Booking rooms at the Selkirk offers the wedding party the onsite comfort of having everything in one place, a less stressful option for wedding planning!

A Fort Edmonton Park wedding is a popular option for Edmonton area weddings. The park offers church rentals year-round for 40 - 75 guests.

Fees include a 90 minute of the church plus a one hour rehearsal time upon request.

Outdoor venues are available during summer months and some discounts are available when your reception is also hosted at the Park or the Selkirk Hotel.

Visit the website, call 780-423-4069, or e-mail specialmoments@edmonton.ca for more information or to book your wedding.


See FEP website for rules and regulations while at the park.



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