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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 #3 of 110 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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Willmar, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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6 attraction reviews
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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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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

On a recent visit to Lower Fort Gary,, I was very impressed with the knowledgeable intepreters,, especially Megan. She is very knowledgeable and was very interesting to listen to. Megan is Amazing. Very Friendly and knows how to keep the people in our group interested in her topic. She made our trip to Lower Fort Garry most enjoyable.

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

During the summer months, Parks Canada staff dress in period costume to guide visitors through the various buildings within the fort. The combination of classic museum displays and live history lessons throughout kept us interested and on our toes. You never know whether a scullery maid or officer will be waiting for you in the next room! The staff were... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The kids loved waslking threw the old buildings, shops and houses. Seeing people dressed up like they did in that time was icing on the cake! It really made you feel like you were there in that time. I loved how they were there to tell you the history and stories about each building you were visiting and learning about... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

In summer this well preserved fort has costumed interpreters who present an interesting account of life in early Canada. It's located 20 plus miles north of Winnipeg & I recommend driving River Road as part of the journey.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Located on the Red River about a 45 minute drive north of the city, this historic site provides you with a real life experience of what it was like to live at Lower Fort Garry. The staff are dressed in period costumes and provide interesting commentaries when visiting the various buildings in and around the Fort.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Fort provides visitors with a very interesting insight into what our forefathers endured or considered "normal". The only down side to this site is the long walk to the actual Fort---very hard for the disabled or elderly.

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