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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 111 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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New Jersey
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252 reviews 252 reviews
58 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

From all the historical places I visited this was my favorite so far. People dressed up as they were living in the 1800 (costumed guides) made the whole difference, they explained every detail around and they actually made the place look like as it was alive again...

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Winnipeg, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We took the grandkids and had a wonderful time. The Fort looks great and the addition of the interpretive centre at the beginning is very good. The kids loved running around the grounds visiting with the different "historic characters". The blacksmith was of particular interest and I was amazed at how much our five year old grandson remembered later. Lower... More

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British Columbia, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I grew up in Winnipeg and took my husband to see it for the first time. I was proud to show him such an interesting site from Winnipeg's history. When we got there I was sad to see that it is not living up to its potential. There was no film to show visitors the history of Winnipeg and the... More

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Willmar, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Awesome hands on learning of what life was like!! They handed out the best chocolate chip cookies!! Friendly people!!

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Just enough to see. Fascinating place. Not as far from Winnipeg as I had thought. Great drive. Loved the attention to detail including the general store.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I like that you totally feel like you have stepped back in time when you are there. Amazing artifacts of the period and lots of great info. I love that people are dressed like and pretend they are from that era. You will learn how much harder yet simpler it was to live back then...with a bath a month, making... More

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Mountain View, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Smallish fort and historic site, but costumed staff on the grounds which are enthusiastic about playing their roles and explaining the history of the area of out of towners such as myself. One guy demonstrated blacksmithing, others explained about fur trading, and still others talked about life as English expats on the prairies. Recreated furnishings are also mixed in with... More

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