Plan Your Visit

Lougheed House is Calgary’s hub of history, cultural happenings, programs, and events. 

We invite you to visit our National and Provincial Historic Site for a historic tour of the building and gardens; view the exhibits; 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; get married here; or find the perfect local & artisan-made gift in our Shop. 

We also run a variety of school programs, and the House is available for private events such as family reunions, corporate receptions, and Christmas parties. 

Admission 

Adults – $8.50
Seniors & Students – $6.50
Child (Ages 6 – 12) – $5.00
Family – $25.00
Under 6 – FREE 

Lougheed House Conservation Society Members – FREE 

Restaurant Patrons $4.00 

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 Audio Tour included with admission 

 

Hours 

The House museum, shop, and restaurant are open to the public Wednesdays through Fridays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 

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, Boxing Day 

Beaulieu (Lougheed House) Gardens are open daily from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. 

Lougheed House – The House

Located on our original 2.8 acres, this 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella Clarke Hardisty Lougheed. They raised their family here, made the home one of the finest residences in Canada’s west, and provided the 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 are an integral part of the city’s development in the last 129 years. Our goal is to 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, and its connection to Calgary’s history. We also offer free access to our spectacular flower and vegetable 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. 

For more history about the House, click on the “Lougheed House – The House” heading.

 

Chef Judy Wood at Lougheed House 

Dine on Chef Judy Wood’s gourmet and French-inspired comfort food at our restaurant whenever the House is open. Special menus for lunch, weekend brunch and afternoons, plus a High Tea Service is available with advance notice. 

Museum and Exhibitions 

Rotating exhibitions are curated approximately three times a year. These range in length from 6 weeks to 4 months. 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’ to its original look and feel of when the Lougheed family lived here. On the second floor you will find furnishings and artifacts from the turn of the 20th century, including objects original to the House. We are constantly looking for other original and period (1890-1914) pieces to help us complete these exhibits. 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. 

Throughout Lougheed House you will also be able to explore information about these occupants 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 restoring and furnishing Lougheed House through donations of artifacts and furnishings, or contribute to our knowledge of other periods of the House’s history, please contact us through info@lougheedhouse.com . 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. 

The Lougheed House “Beaulieu” Gardens 

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 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 “official” on-leash dog park), benches for sitting, floral or winter fresh aromas, diverse colour, and tranquility all around. Come, enjoy! 

Host Your Event at Lougheed House 

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. 

 

To learn more about anything listed here and more, explore the website further (click on each of the section headings) or ask your questions through info@lougheedhouse.com  

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