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September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Christopher Duke settled in the area which now houses Kamp Kiwanis in 1889 after coming from England to Alberta. Two years later he was joined by his wife, Blanche. A log house was constructed on the site of the present day Kiwano Ring campfire meeting place in 1889. This cabin stood for many years until the original ranch was sold to Frank Taylor in 1912. The sale involved 140 acres on the south border of the Elbow River.
The Taylors built a nice little house which stood until 1962 (renamed the Kiwano Lodge) when it was burned in an accidental fire over Christmas that year. Frank Taylor operated a poultry farm and delivered eggs to Calgary every day until he moved the operation closer to Calgary. He sold the property at Pirmez Creek to Major William Atkinson in 1938.
The Atkins lived in Calgary for many years but commuted back and forth to their second home as often as possible. After the war, the idea to turn the land into a dude ranch became a reality and the holiday home became a permanent residence. Major Atkinson brought out many servicemen from the Currie Barracks, all handy with hammers and saws, and they set about building several cottages, a dining hall, a lodge and a kitchen. The first guests of the Horseshoe Dude Ranch arrived in the summer of 1946. The dude ranch ran successfully for 5 years but became too much for the Atkinson family to handle and had to be sold. It was sold to the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Calgary in 1951 to become a camp for underprivileged children.
During Doors Open YYC we have the Kiwanis Apple Festival, a family-friendly free apple-themed event. The Kiwanis Apple Festival will be a celebration of our history, a celebration of children, and a celebration of special cuisine, entertainment, education and outdoor exploration of a very special place – Kamp Kiwanis.
The weekend festival plans include apple baking and tasting, family activities and games, bouncy castle, face painting, live entertainment, a farmers market, silent auction, and so much more.
We offer guided tours Guided walks to the Elbow River will take place on the hour from 12pm-3pm each day. Single all-terrain strollers will work on paths, but not wheelchairs.