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“Well worth the visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
5925 Hwy 9, St. Andrews, Manitoba R1A 4A8, Canada
204 785 6050
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Seattle, Washington
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“Well worth the visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

We spent 2-3 hours touring the Lower Fort Garry site. It is a great facility. We were there mid-week in June and there were not many other tourists on-site. There are a lot of young people dressed in period costume and telling you about their "life" at the Fort during its busy period. They did a good job and there was no rushing us to move on as we asked questions.
It would be better if you had either a pre-tour video presentation on the history of the fort and the Hudson Bay Company or an actual tour leader who gave you the background before you got to the various buildings.
The grounds and buildings were in good shape, the staff friendly and we even had a good lunch onsite.

Visited June 2013
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Richmond, Canada
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“An enjoyable afternoon so much to see!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

It was an enjoyable afternoon with so much to see inside and out about the history of this place! The price was worth it, and you need a few hours to get all of it in! Took lots of photos and the people were very knowledgable about the history and made having them dressed in the costumes and sharing the history a very pleasant and fun experience! One of my very first teachers, her great-grand father had worked here!

Visited July 2012
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BC
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“Love the history!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We were only in the area for a couple of days and this was one of the attractions we chose. There weren't any tours when we were there but the actors answered most of our questions. Sad to see so few visitors there. There was even birthday cake for Queen Victoria. Definitely a must see when you are in the area.

Visited May 2013
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Brandon, MB, Canada
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“Loved it then and loved it now!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I remember as a child coming for class trips. Now as an adult loved it just the same. They do serve food and near by towns have great eating places but I like packing a picnic. Feels like going back in time!

Lovely summer day trip back in time.

Visited August 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“History in Action”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

They have people acting out what life would have been like years ago. It's intriguing to see what a house would have looked like, and to go through each room. Then you have to go through each room of various businesses and services. You can easily spend 2-3 hours there, very educational, interesting and fun.

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