Plan Your Visit to Lougheed House
Lougheed House is Calgary’s hub of history, cultural happenings, programs, and events.
We invite you to visit our National and Provincial Historic Site to:
- experience an interactive and immersive program, or a live performance by one of our cultural collaborators
- dine on local gourmet cuisine in our restaurant run by Chef Judy Wood
- view the temporary and permanent exhibits
- be guided on a a story-rich tour of the history of the building and gardens about the people who lived here
- provide a learning opportunity to your class of students through our historical education programming
- rent the space to hold your corporate event, seasonal, or family celebration
- find the perfect local & artisan-made gift in our Shop.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regular hours have been suspended until further notice. To maintain Alberta Health Services capacity guidelines, indoor guided visits to the House are booked in small group tours (maximum 6 people/tour).
There are four time slots available on Saturdays and Sundays only:
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m – 3:30 p.m
The House museum, shop, and restaurant are open during this time with limited capacity. Beaulieu (Lougheed House) Gardens are open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
The House observes all statutory holidays. We are closed for: New Year’s Day, Alberta’s Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Heritage Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day .
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, general public admission has been suspended until further notice. To maintain Alberta Health Services capacity guidelines, indoor guided visits to the House are booked in small group tours (maximum 6 people/tour) at a cost of $10.00/person. Book your tour
The following will continue to be accepted with the advanced booking:
- Lougheed House Conservation Society Members – FREE
- Canadian military personnel with CFOne cards FREE
- Air Cadets and their escorts FREE
- National Trust Members FREE
- Cultural Access Pass (CANOO) Members FREE
- Chinook Historical Society Members with cards FREE
- Experience Alberta’s History Pass accepted and sold in Guest Services
- Lougheed House or Beltline Walking Virtual Tours included
Lougheed House “The House”
Located on our original 2.8 acres, this sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Clark Lougheed (née Hardisty). The Lougheeds raised their family of six children here, in what became known as one of the finest residences in Canada’s west. The House was a political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1936.
The House – its original family, its later occupants, and the physical structure itself – all reflect Calgary’s evolution and has been witness to, and a part of, the City of Calgary’s history for over 129 years. We tell stories and create visitor experiences that reflect the history of Lougheed House and Calgary, both the histories you know and the lesser-known stories that reflect a more diverse history of our city.
We offer preservation and interpretation of this home, the Lougheed family’s story, and its connection to Calgary, and Canadas history. We offer free access to our spectacular flower gardens and with paid admission indoor self-guided or audio tours, historic volunteer interpreters (when onsite or if booked in advance) and year-round curated exhibits/programs, all produced in partnership with our cultural and community collaborators.
Dine on Chef Judy Wood’s gourmet and French-inspired comfort food at our restaurant whenever the House is open.
Customized menus for historic Lougheed House are available for lunch and weekend brunch.
High Tea Service is available with advance notice.
Chef Judy and her team are also one of our preferred on-site caterers for Lougheed House events and Venue Rental patrons.
Photo by Chris Stutz of www.Preptours.ca
We feature new, rotating exhibitions approximately three times per year (ranging from 6 weeks to 4 months in duration) on topics that explore the stories and histories of Calgary and Lougheed House, both from contemporary and historical perspectives. Annually, from November to early January, the House is transformed into a Victorian Christmas theme.
Additionally, our permanent exhibition and the House itself are always available to be enjoyed. Every effort has been made to restore Beaulieu’s architectural design, both exterior and interior, to its original look and feel during the late Victorian and Edwardian period of 1890-1914. The second floor features furnishings and artifacts as well as objects original to the House, from the Lougheed House collection. The Restoration Room, on the second floor, details the process of the restoration of the House and Gardens to their original condition after years of many different occupants. Further information to explore includes that recounting the histories of the House after the Lougheed family departed, including the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Program, the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and The Red Cross Society.
If you are interested in helping us to continue preserving and furnishing Lougheed House through donations of artifacts and furnishings (1890-1914 pieces), or contribute to our knowledge of other periods of the House’s history, please contact us (see at top or bottom of page). As we launch our Lougheed House Re-imagined project, we would love to hear your anecdotes, memories, and stories, and would be grateful if you can share photographs or artifacts with us. Donations are essential to our collections, research, and programs.
One of the finest pleasures of a visit to Lougheed House is a stroll through the formal ‘Beaulieu Gardens.’ The Lougheeds were our community’s horticultural leaders, often winning Calgary Horticultural Society 1st prizes for many garden and lawn entries between 1908 – 1914. During the growing season, you will find descendants of the originally planted Hollyhocks and other heritage plants. Visit the shop and purchase seeds to take home and plant in your own garden.
Today our team of more than 25 passionate and knowledgeable volunteer gardeners plan, plant, nurture and harvest a wide array of flowers, fruits and vegetables that are used in the regional seasonal cuisine served in our onsite restaurant. Our gardens are one of Calgary’s largest inner-city sanctuaries of peace and nature, and are free to enjoy, seven days a week. There is grass for picnics and dog frolics (we are an on-leash dog park), benches for sitting, floral or winter fresh aromas, diverse colour, and tranquility all around. Come, enjoy!
Lougheed House is one of Calgary’s most popular locations for weddings, corporate meetings, office holiday parties and many other events. With delicious regional and seasonal cuisine (choose from sit-down dining or reception-style), free onsite parking for up to 22 cars, as well as friendly, helpful event hosts, we know how to make your event memorable in all the right ways.