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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
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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of CanadaHistory will unfold before...

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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So much fun for the kids

Live in the area but we are always so busy road tripping elsewhere that we finally made a family trip to Lower Fort Garry. The kids had an absolute blast dressing up as Mounties... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
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Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Live in the area but we are always so busy road tripping elsewhere that we finally made a family trip to Lower Fort Garry. The kids had an absolute blast dressing up as Mounties and learning from all the dressed up workers. We learnt how people baked, lived, shopped, worked back then and it honestly felt like we had stepped... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lower Fort Garry is a great place for locals or visitors to experience a bit of Canadian History. There are people in character at the fort who explain the history of it as you walk around which is great. It is definitely a place to visit if you have never been. I recommend it to anyone visiting the Winnipeg area... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original Hudson's Bay Company post known as Lower Fort Garry was built in 1830 on the western bank of the Red River, 20 mi (32 km) north of the original Fort Garry (known as the Upper Fort Garry), in Winnipeg. Like many locations near the Red River, in 1826, Upper Fort Garry was destroyed in a flood, one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a trading fort not a military fort. It was a fascinating tour. The guides are dressed and act as if its 200 years ago and make the experience of visiting so much more. I enjoyed it all - except I did not like all the animal pelts in the second floor of the storage building. Whilst I accept the... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a Winnipeger, having been here a number of times, I'm amazed that I continue to learn about why Winnipeg is the way it is going back to ancestral cultures and colonial influences. If you're a history buff, you're going to love this place. If you're a child, you're going to be amazed by its different feel and the staff... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an opportunity to see how people lived in the late 1800's. How Canada created the RCMP. This weekend saw bear Clan dancing, black musket demo, RCMP musical ride, hoop dancing and various historic buildings. Every event went on time. The actors were very knowledgeable for the time period and were dressed in time. Lots of events for the kids.... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Originally established as a Hudson's Bay trading post, this fort was made of stone instead of wood. Therefor, it has remained well preserved. This Parks Canada historic site has site interpreters from the 1800s time period who play the role of people living in the fort, but can also provide information about the site and buildings. The Fort also has... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

It is fun when people come to visit from out of town. You tend to make an effort to find things to do that you may not do on your own. Lower Fort Garry is a very well maintained historic site. Situated on the Ref River. Each building has curators playing a role of the people who used to live... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I really enjoyed the staff who in their historical outfits and assigned characters brought the experience of what life would have been like in the Fort to life. The staffwere very well informed and knowledgeable about their character, answering almost all questions visitors posed. I also really appreciated how the fort has maintained the integrity of a historic site so... More 

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Parksville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We visited Lower Fort Garry on a warm summer day in July and chose to take the guided tour of the location with "Mr. Ross", an ailing factor for the Hudson's Bay Company who spent his last years at the Fort. (Please note that Mr. Ross was a costumed actor.) The buildings are also staffed by in-character inhabitants who share... More 

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