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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

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Address: 5925 Hwy 9, St. Andrews, Manitoba R1A 4A8, Canada
Phone Number: 204 785 6050
Description: Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of CanadaHistory will unfold...
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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My favorite historical site!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2014
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
24 helpful votes 24 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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