Today we drove to Calgary AB to visit Fort Calgary and Military Museums. Calgary sits at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in an area of foothills and prairies. It is an hour's drive east on TC1 from Canmore. As you leave the Rockies you soon pass rolling farmlands before entering the metropolis of over 2M inhabitants making it the largest city in Alberta.The city is very cosmopolitan with many,many highrise buildings. It is home to the famous "Calgary Stampede" held every year the first week in July.
|View of Calgary|
|View Taken from Museum Poster|
|Footbridge Across the Elbow|
The economy includes energy,financial, film and television,technology,manufacturing, aerospace and tourism. In 1988, it was the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. The venue is still in use for training and visits. The area was first inhabited around 11,000 years ago by the pre-Clovis people and later the First Nations. In 1787, cartographer David Thompson an HBC trader, was the first recorded European to visit.
Fort Calgary sits at the confluence of the two rivers just off 9th Ave and east of downtown. It was built in 1875 by the North West Mounted Police laying the foundation for the city today. Most of the original fort was torn down in 1882 and replaced by newer structures. The site was sold to the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1914 and they demolished most of remaining structures. In 1975 the 40 acres became a park. The only remaining building is the Deane House across the Elbow River. This was built in 1906 for the post commander and is undergoing renovation for use as a restaurant and dinner theatre. The Fort Barracks was reconstructed in 2001 and how houses the museum. The purpose of the Fort was to stamp out the whiskey trade and befriend the First Nations. The Museum has a very good interpretive and artifact display and well worth the visit. www.fortcalgary.com
|Proof John was at Fort|
|As Close as I will Get|
|Buffy, the Mascot|
We then toured the Military Museums preserving the history of Canadian Army,Navy and Air Force with artifacts, displays and hands on experiences. www.themilitarymuseums.ca Below are some photos from the exhibits.
|Entrance to Military Museums|
|In the Trenches|
When we got back to the motorhome around 6PM, the temperature inside was 92. Turned on the A/C for the first time in over a year.
Oh yes, no wildlife sightings today.