In addition to setting the strategic direction for Fort Edmonton Park, FEMCo also specializes in on-site project and event management.
in 2021, Fort Edmonton Management Company completed the management of $165 million in enhancements to Fort Edmonton Park while creating world-class events like DARK and the award-winning Indigenous Peoples Experience.
There is nowhere to hide on the DARK streets of Fort EdmontonPark, nestled deep in the river valley. Over 20,000 scare enthusiasts will feel the adrenaline pumping through their veins this Halloween as they experience up to three terrifying attractions. DARK was introduced in 2018 with great success and sellout crowds and garnered significant interest in digital and traditional media. The event continues to grow and has become a mainstay in the Edmonton Halloween market.
In the Summer of 2023, Fort Edmonton Management Company launched Where the Dark Things Dwell, a live-action multiplayer experience that blends the puzzles of an escape room together with the open world immersion of a choose-your-own-adventure game. The Experience Development team identified a gap in the regional market and sought to bring a new style of adventure game products to the industry. Developed in partnership with Toronto-based Escape Game developer Secret City, this style of experience leverages our unique site and continues to be in demand by our customers. Launched in early July 2023, this product is currently running multiple times a week for several weeks.
The Indigenous Peoples Experience
A new award-winning exhibit occupying over 30,000 square feet, the Indigenous Peoples Experience is a transformative experience resulting from years of partnership and cooperation with our MOU partners, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
Deep conversations with over fifty Indigenous Elders, historians, educators, and community members informed the content shared in the exhibit. The stories and artwork come directly from Indigenous perspectives gathered through engagement with over forty local Indigenous nations, historical documents, and research. Music was written and composed by local, award-winning Indigenous musicians and performers through an artist residency. Local Indigenous interpreters greet guests and impart their personal stories and history, adding unique depth to the experience.
The exhibit explores the rich cultures of local First Nations and Métis Peoples while encouraging guests to seek out truths lived by Indigenous Peoples before and after Canada’s founding. This opportunity to uplift Indigenous communities comes at a critical time in Canada’s reconciliation with Indigenous people. It is the first exhibit of its kind in Canada.
Expansion of the 1920s-style midway
You can still find old favourites like the carousel and swing ride in the 1920’s-style midway; however, you won’t want to miss the larger Ferris wheel, outdoor maze, the 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.
Front entry and admissions area
The new front entry plaza and admissions area will welcome visitors to Fort Edmonton Park with all the conveniences of a high-quality tourist attraction. A new public plaza offers wide open spaces for gatherings and plenty of room for social distancing. Included in the admissions area are a café, gift shop, gender-neutral washrooms, ticketing and guest services.
Steam train maintenance facility - this space will be used for maintenance on the beloved 103-year-old Baldwin steam train.
Upgraded utilities - the upgrades to power, water, sewer and communications are a welcome addition to the smooth operation of the Park.
Guardhouse - new structure to manage traffic into the park
The Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project will be a catalyst for a refreshed look and expansion of assets and product mix for commercial value.