Fort Edmonton Park is looking ahead to a time when it can re-open and show off its nearly-completed enhancement project — that creates ‘larger-than-life’ historical experiences – for its visitors.
However, due to COVID safety, Fort Edmonton Park is slightly delaying the opening of the park — originally its was scheduled to re-open on the May 24th long weekend – to Canada Day, July 1.
The Park’s re-opening is subject to AHS restrictions and guidelines.
The $165 million enhancement funded by all three levels of government includes new features and exhibits such as the Indigenous Peoples Experience, new attractions added to the Johnny J. Jones Exposition, and a new front entry plaza and admissions area.
In the 1920’s-style midway, visitors will still find old favourites like the carousel and swing ride; however, visitors won’t want to miss the new Ferris wheel, outdoor maze, Cabinet of Curios exhibit, funhouse, and expanded game selection. In addition to the rides and attractions, there will be plenty of carnival-style food to enjoy and a healthy serving of photo ops.
The Indigenous Peoples Experience is the new signature exhibit at Fort Edmonton Park where visitors will gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations’ and Métis peoples’ histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives, local to Indigenous life in the Beaver Hills (Edmonton) region.
The stories, music, artwork, and text in this experience comes from local Indigenous perspectives, voices, and sources, gathered through engagement with local Indigenous communities, historical documents, and research.
Fort Edmonton Management Company partnered with the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
Darren Dalgleish, president & CEO, Fort Edmonton Management Company, said: “We can’t wait for Edmonton to see what we’ve been building. It’s going to be a totally new and immersive experience. We’re so proud of the new 30,000 square-foot Indigenous Peoples Experience, and the Midway will really be a chance for families just to have some old-fashioned fun which we could all use this summer.”
In the coming weeks, tickets to the park will be available for purchase online at www.fortedmontonpark.ca .
And due to COVID restrictions, the public will be required to pre-book their tickets.