Initiatives

Fort Edmonton Foundation Capital Campaign Projects


Fort Edmonton Foundation exists to ensure Edmonton’s past has a future.

We encourage experiences that cultivate connections, human and cultural, for the good of all people who visit Fort Edmonton Park. Help us reach our fundraising goals and connect all generations to Edmonton’s dynamic history through fun, unique and immersive experiences.

Current Projects of the Fort Edmonton Foundation’s Community Campaign

Fort Edmonton Park is Canada’s largest living history museum, and a key part of the cultural and recreational makeup of Edmonton. Located on 160 acres in Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley, Fort Edmonton Park is divided into four distinct historical eras: the fur-trade era, 1885 Street, 1905 Street, and 1920 Street.

The Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project is a $165 Million investment in the Park from all three levels of government and the Fort Edmonton Foundation. Construction will be complete when Fort Edmonton Park reopens in 2021

Fort Edmonton Foundation’s current Community Capital Campaign is to raise $11 million and support the following four major projects:

When you donate to the Fort Edmonton Foundation you will help connect your contribution to the development of historical buildings, interpretive sites, artefacts and the living history experience of Edmonton. We preserve history and share a story for all generations to enjoy.

1920s Johnny J. Jones Midway

Built to recreate the midway at the 1920’s Edmonton Summer Exhibition, the expansion of the Johnny J. Jones Midway will reflect a typical 1920’s-style carnival. It will feature bright carnival lights, midway banners, and vibrant colours. The Park is excited to offer a bigger Ferris wheel, life-size maze, games alley, funhouse, the much-acclaimed Cabinet of Curios exhibit, and more!

Help us Light the Midway at Fort Edmonton Park!

Buy a symbolic bulb or join our fundraising team and be part of illuminating Edmonton’s history. 

Learn more about Light the Midway. 

New Indigenous Peoples Experience

It’s our community responsibility to be learners of the Indigenous Peoples who have inhabited this land pre-and post-contact. The Indigenous story, told through their voice, will be at the forefront of the Indigenous Peoples Experience and the narrative shared.

Join us as we help connect generational pathways and create educational opportunities by sharing cultural values and advancing reconciliation.

A jewel, this signature exhibit features a new cultural museum – the Indigenous Peoples Experience (IPE). In a fun, educational, and engaging way, visitors will experience First Nations and Métis storytelling, with pre- and post-contact history, the making of Treaty 6, and the journey towards reconciliation. Culture will come alive through multimedia shows, interpreter interaction, and hands-on visitor opportunities. The enhancement includes both indoor and outdoor spaces.

To ensure authenticity of this project, Fort Edmonton Park has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta. Work is underway with local Indigenous groups to ensure their narrative is told through their voice.

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New Front Entry Plaza and Guest Services Area

A fresh introduction to historic Fort Edmonton Park will be the new Front Entry Plaza and Guest Services. Offering modern-day conveniences, the entrance will welcome visitors with efficient guest services and ticketing. With accessible amenities, the plaza will host a café, gift shop, washrooms, and a sitting area along with interpretive and natural landscaping.

In 2021, plan to walk through the entrance of North America’s greatest world class living history museum.

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Hotel Selkirk: Windsor and Albion Block Expansion

Hotel Selkirk represents a time of rapid growth in Edmonton – the roaring 20s. Adding to the streetscape between the Hotel and Capitol Theatre will be the Windsor and Albion Blocks. Behind the façade, there will be additional rooms, a multi-purpose ballroom, and a spacious lounge. This space is on its way to become a reality for midweek retreats, weddings and weekend get-aways. Join the Edmonton Rotary Clubs and a new $1 million anonymous donor in supporting the recreation of two iconic Edmonton buildings.

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Developed with Accountability in Mind

Our Capital Campaign Cabinet is a collaborative steering committee of volunteers representing both Boards of Directors ⁠- Fort Edmonton Foundation (FEF) and Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo), the City of Edmonton, the province of Alberta, and our community stakeholders.

When re-envisioning Fort Edmonton Park, the 2010 Master Plan indicated that the initiatives/projects were to be assessed with key objectives: to be authentic and historically accurate; have engaging Interpretation, programming, and design; to increase visitation and ensure cost recovery; to be operationally successful, and to have a dynamic brand identity.

Funding Committees


Funds for this project come from community donors; individuals and families, service groups, associations, independent businesses, and corporations.

Funding from three orders of Government: Municipal, Provincial, and Federal.

PROJECTED COSTS (2016)

Indigenous Peoples Experience $45 M
1920s Midway Expansion $15 M
Hotel Selkirk Expansion (Windsor and Albion Block) $12.5 M
Front Entry Plaza and Guest Services $6 M
Utility Infrastructure $80 M
Catering Kitchen (Completed 20XX) $3.3 M
Campaign Expenses $1 M
TOTAL $162.8M

 

Partners for Success


The City of Edmonton. The Park is an asset of the City of Edmonton, owned by the people of our city.

Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo) Incorporated in 2009, FEMCo provides professional management for Fort Edmonton Park.

Fort Edmonton Foundation (FEF) Founded in 1969, FEF is a registered charitable organization responsible for the administration of all fundraising executed to benefit capital projects at Fort Edmonton Park.

Capital Campaign Cabinet

The Capital Campaign Cabinet is a collaborative steering committee of volunteers representing both Boards of Directors – Fort Edmonton Foundation (FEF) and Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo), the City of Edmonton, the province of Alberta, and our community stakeholders.

FUNDING SOURCES (2016)

Community Capital Campaign Fundraising (projected) $11 M
City of Edmonton $81.8 M
Province of Alberta $35 M
Government of Canada $35 M
TOTAL $162.8M

Doug Goss

2010 Master Plan

This is an opportunity to take Fort Edmonton Park to the next phase. The Park has seen a substantial success thanks to its dedicated staff and volunteers...we want to continue building on this world-class facility’s attributes and make it an even stronger Edmonton Attraction.