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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

5925 Hwy 9 | St Andrews, Winnipeg, Manitoba R1A 4A8, Canada
204 785 6050
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Ranked #2 of 112 Attractions in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Owner description: Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of CanadaHistory will unfold before your eyes at this restored 19th century fort where costumed staff recreate... more » Owner description: Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of CanadaHistory will unfold before your eyes at this restored 19th century fort where costumed staff recreate the 1850s in the Red River Valley. Come and meet the Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company as he strolls through his garden, barter with the company clerk, sit in a tipi and listen to the whispers of ancient legends, and touch the coarse fur of a bison hide at the oldest stone fur trading post in North America – or, if you prefer, scour the fort for clues in a family scavenger hunt. There is something here for the whole family.Living-history programs run mid-May – Labour Day, 9:00 – 5:00 daily. Daily guided tours in English and French and motorized access for mobility challenged visitors available. Regularly scheduled tours are offered in September. Don’t forget to ask us about our Halloween and Christmas programs. The site is open to groups year-round for tours, weddings or meetings by pre-booking. « less
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Manitoba, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting look at our local history and how it all got started in our part of this great land. The fort and assets have been kept in great shape and the staff do a good job albeit not to the same level as Ft William in Thunder Bay. Making it more like Ft William would likely draw... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

My partner was really excited about visiting the Historic Site of Fort Gary. Myself, I had no preconceived ideas what to expect. I was really taken back by how informative and in some cases how funny and sad the "old days" were! loved the day trip, would do it again. Plenty of information in different languages

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Vancouver, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Great for history buffs. Very interesting. Every grade school student has visited the site for a school day trip. Great way to spend an afternoon. Call ahead for hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Very recently I had visited this historic site with my girlfriend. We went during labour day weekend, and enjoyed every bit of it. If you are a history buff or want to learn more about the region, including the history of Manitoba, this is probably one of the most important places to visit. The interpreters play the role of people... More

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Pittsburgh
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Found it to be very authentic and interesting. We had a rainy day so avoiding puddles was a problem but all in all it was good.

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Kelowna, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you go there when the place is populated with university student actors then you will get quite a treat. It is great for families but not a "baby place" more like a 10 year old place. If you have an older elementary child or middle school child who is bookish or imaginative they will love it!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

the site was well restored to very close to original , and the tour guides or actors can give you a great feel for what it was like in the 1800's and surprisingly enough the walls were lower than I had thought

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New Jersey
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61 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What a great place to visit to learn about Canadian history. About 45 minute drive from Downtown Winnipeg, Lower Fort Garry is definitely worth a side trip on your visit to Winnipeg. Great tours led by those who know Manitoba history and lots of cool things to see. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is a true treasure. The buildings are amazing and the staff are great, I just wish that there were more of them and that all of the buildings were open to visitors. I am very glad that they do first person animation, it makes it such a unique place. It is a true Canadian gem.

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Guelph
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We happened to go on "Family Day" which was fantastic as the kids signed a contract for the Hudson Bay company at the start of our visit. They then spent the morning fulfilling various tasks such as making scones at the Big House, beating hides at the Fur Loft, doing laundry at the Men's House, and setting up a tipi... More

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