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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

Address: 5925 Hwy 9, St. Andrews, Manitoba R1A 4A8, Canada
Phone Number: 204 785 6050
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of CanadaHistory will unfold before your eyes at this...
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Winnipeg, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is one of the best historical sites I've ever seen. It is amazingly well preserved, and the staff in period costumes really makes it amazing.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I take my family back to the fort every now and again. The family rate is a deal for our family of 6. The fort is closed in winter, but a must see for first time visitors to the prairies. Bi-lingual students act out the parts of the fort's various inhabitants and explain explorer life in the 18-19th centuries. Very... More 

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Manitoba
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We've been to Lower Fort Garry many times over the years, sometimes on pre-planned days where different events were taking place, and we have always enjoyed our visits. An excellent history lesson for the kids and the staff stay in complete character, making it feel like you are back in that era. Everything is well preserved and you will get... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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76 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

You sure do get an "authentic" feel of the first half of the 1800's (when this fort came into existence) with a blacksmith working at his shop near a little Indian tepee just outside the fort compound fixing horseshoes, and inside the compound women at the bakery making dough, ladies at the "big house" in the center graciously going about... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

There was a bicycle race going on while we were there, so there were detours around it, which made appreciating it a little difficult, but the marketplace was great and the food there good.

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Winnipeg
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Our grandson had a blast. Seeing the way with the history was. He had no idea he could chat with the staff who were protraying folks from a era long gone by.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Have been here a few times over the years, always love the history and architecture. Its always neat to see how people in the past lived and interacted with their environment.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Informative, wonderful site. Do make the trip north of Winnipeg if you have the time. Plan on doing this on a nice day... it would be miserable in bad weather. Gorgeous place.

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Sydney, Australia
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37 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Good place to take the kids - they can run around in all the space of the settlement and also see some interesting historical things. As an adult, I thought it was ok, but maybe I went at the wrong time of year because there didn't seem to be much going on besides few of the buildings.

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Manitoba, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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