Fort Calgary

Heritage at the Fort

Heritage at the Fort

Heritage Day was never more suitably named than at Fort Calgary's recent celebration, when Calgarians with roots in far-flung corners of the globe celebrated a quintessentially Canadian landmark.

German, Spanish, French, Cantonese and English all resonated throughout the old North West Mounted Police barracks as families locked each other in jail cells and took turns trying on Red Serge uniforms. The steady stream of strollers through the log gates of Calgary’s birthplace and the rows of tour buses lining the parking lot proved that exploring the past never gets old. At the corner of 6th St. and 9th Ave. SE in East Village, the newly installed scarlet-red Sentinels landmark was a fitting portal to the past.  

'Walk: Rocked

'Walk: Rocked

Mother Nature teased, but in the end proved her love with yet another perfect day for Rock the ’Walk 4 on July 19. Just-right weather, blistering hot tunes, a smorgasbord of artisans, food trucks and friendly meet-ups rounded out the day’s tasty buffet.

It was an afternoon with a little sun, a little cloud, a bit of breeze, and even a few light spatters of rain. Not enough to worry about, though. For the fourth year in a row, Mother Nature showed that she adores Rock the ’Walk.

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

The newly-unveiled Sentinels proudly standing guard over the corner of 9 Avenue and 6 Street SE between East Village and Fort Calgary wear the Red Serge proudly.

The five red glass towers on the edge of the original North West Mounted Police headquarters of Fort Calgary serve as a highly visible (and patriotic) landscape gateway to Calgary’s birthplace and delineate the urban space of East Village from the historic fort. They also commemorate historical figures who were instrumental to the area – and they connect the parklands of Fort Calgary to the homes of East Village. These are clever, hardworking Sentinels.

Walking with East Village Ghosts

Walking with East Village Ghosts

History buffs who like things a little spooky – and urban explorers who aren't afraid of the dark – ventured out into the storied streets of East Village on the night of October 29 for two Heritage Halloween tours. A fine time and goose bumps were had by all.

Fortified with steaming hot chocolate provided, by Hear’s My Soul café and led by a team of fearless EV ambassadors, the plucky adventurers braved some of the neighbourhood's most fascinating historical haunts. With All Soul's Night looming, nobody would have been too surprised to encounter some of the area's more spectral residents.

Half Frozen

Half Frozen

Despite whipping winds and the occasional snow squall, 400 determined runners started the Hypothermic Half Marathon at Fort Calgary on February 9.

The Running Room Hypothermic Half Marathon is held annually in cities across Canada, and here in Calgary, race organizers sure got the ‘hypothermic’ part right. Race day marked a definite return to winter after a week of tracksuit-friendly Chinooks, but that didn't faze the brightly clad runners, many of whom compete every year in the charitable fundraiser. “We ran into a bit of a blizzard on the way out and then the wind picked up and the temperature dropped on the way back,” said one justifiably triumphant finisher. It was pretty cold.” “But we had the wind at our backs, so that was fine,” declared another, simultaneously sweating and shivering.