Inglewood, Calgary Alberta
Originally constructed in 1875 as Fort Brisebois, Fort Calgary is one of Calgary’s oldest landmarks. Situated on the West Bank of the Elbow river where it meets the Bow river, Fort Calgary sits on land originally populated by the Blackfoot, Nakota, and Tsuut’ina indigenous peoples.
The fort was originally a headquarters for the North West Mounted Police in 1875 complete with guard quarters, stables, storage facilities and defended by a palisade of pointed logs. Its construction site was chosen as it overlooks the joining of two major rivers and was strategically sound for patrolling the surrounding areas establishing the NWMP territory.
In 1925 Fort Calgary was designated a national historic site of Canada. It was named by James F. Macleod after his Scottish ancestral home. This name would eventually go on to be the moniker for the present day city that surrounds the fort.
The fort was used originally as a base for patrols to native communities and ranches, and for policing the Canadian Pacific Rail railway. It was rebuilt as a district headquarters in 1882 by seventy men of F troop of the NWMP service.
The present incarnation of Fort Calgary sits on a 40 acre plot within Calgary city limits and was converted to a historical tourist attraction in 1978.
Today Fort Calgary is operated by the Fort Calgary preservation society. Their job is to protect the site and preserve all archaeological finds intact to preserve our Alberta heritage.
Rumors abound that there is a burial ground around the Fort as parking lot expansion work unearthed many human remains. Eventually expansion was halted and the site stands today as is without further development.
From the Deane House, it’s a short jaunt west until you reach the old Firehall which is now converted to the Hose and Hound Pub.
Driving Directions to the Hose and Hound Pub
When you leave Hose and Hound Pub just head south about a block and you’ll reach Kanes Harley-Davidson.
From Kanes you can head West on 10 Ave SE and turn North until you hit 9 Ave SE. Continue West until you reach Minh Chau Vietnamese Restaurant.
Driving Directions to Minh Chau Restaurant
From Minh Chau Restaurant, continue your tip West down 9 Ave SE until you see the Blues Can on your right.
From the Blues Can you can continue West on 9 Ave SE until you reach the intersection of 9 Ave SE and 19 st SE. The Blackfoot Truckstop will be on your left.
Driving Directions to The Blackfoot Truckstop
Now it’s just another block west from the Blackfoot Truckstop on 9 Ave SE until you reach Flawless Laser and Body Sculpting in Inglewood.