Travel back in time at Fort William Historical Park and discover what life was like in 1816.

Experience the conflict and adventure of the Canadian fur trade.

Fort William Historical ParkIt's a tough business. Competition is fierce. Voyageurs paddle thousands of miles with tons of prized furs. Explorers chart unknown, unforgiving territory. It's a dramatic chapter in Canadian history loaded with massacres, takeovers and arrests... and Fort William is at the centre of it all.

The Fort is an accurate re-creation of the North West Company's impressive inland headquarters. Explore over 40 buildings including the artisans' area, the working farm and the Native encampment. Encounter a cultural mosaic of Scottish fur traders, Ojibwa and metis peoples, and French-Canadian voyageurs.

From furs and foodstuffs, to muskets and medicine, to birch bark canoes and livestock, there is no end to your discoveries at Fort William.

There are hands-on experiences too! Paddle a voyageur canoe on the Kaministiquia River, fire a musket, eat fresh baked bread or hop aboard a wagon ride.

Special events

Special heritage festivals include the Battle of Fort William and the Anishnawbe Keeshigun Festival. Experience spooky walking tours during the Haunted Fort Night or attend one of the many special events held at "the Fort" each year.

David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

A marvel of modern space science, the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory at Fort William Historical Park is home to one of the largest telescopes in Central Canada! There are events and programs all year long.

 

1350 King Rd., Thunder Bay, ON

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