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This village-sized historical attraction offers an ideal Canada Day family getaway. Celebratory party perks include the park’s annual Dominion Day parade and licensed barbecue lunch tent, children’s crafts and games, mini chuck wagon races on the rodeo grounds and live, early 1900s-style street entertainment. Parking is available in the main-entrance lot, but attendees are urged to park at the Heritage LRT station, then take the 502 bus to the park. Hours: 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Forming a popular cycling loop that passes through North Glenmore and South Glenmore parks as well as Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary’s pathway system circles Glenmore Reservoir. On the east side of the water, pedal into Engineered Air Plaza outside the main gate of Heritage Park Historical Village, and pay no admission fee. Opposite the shops of Haskayne Mercantile Block, enjoy a hot or cold drink with a snack at Railway Café, a sandstone rail station rest stop serving pastries, soup and sandwiches, salads and a pleasant view of the reservoir.
Overlooking the shiny historical hotrods of Heritage Park Historical Village’s Gasoline Alley Museum, brunch is served on the mezzanine level. Whether or not Mom is an auto buff, she’ll definitely dig the high-octane eats. Choose from buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, back-bacon Benedict, roasted chicken, cedar-plank salmon and much more. Also visit the made-to-order omelet station and the carving station serving Alberta strip loin and Valbella ham. Adults, $33; kids three to 11, $23; two and under free. Brunch attendees receive a discount on Gasoline Alley admission. Seatings: May 8, 10 am to 2 pm.