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Review of Fort Whoop-Up

Fort Whoop-Up
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Lethbridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fort Whoop-Up is a replica of an original fur trading fort built in the late 1800s. We explore the history, cultures, and traditions of the communities that lived in the region in the time the original Fort Whoop-Up was built and operated. We bring to life the experiences and lives of tribes, traders and more in this historic fort.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We had a private tour with my son's scout group and they did a 2 night camp out there. The people of the Fort are great.

2  Thank candace h
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Very nice reproduction of the original fort, which was located elsewhere in the Lethbridge area on a floodplain and, what do you know, got destroyed by flood waters. I suspect the living history presentations are good, but we didn't actually get in on this because the day we were there happened to be a day when the fort was the site of a lunch barbecue sponsored by a fertilizer company for a very large group of Hutterite farmers from the rural Lethbridge area. We spoke with a number of the Hutterite men and found them to be quite obnoxious. Many of them were quite drunk. This pretty well spoiled our experience of Fort Whoop-Up and we would encourage the fort administrators not to burden the general public with such a group that clearly had no interest in the fort itself. Fort Whoop-Up is the northern end of the Whoop-Up Trail between it and Fort Benton, Montana, which was the route of the whiskey/fur trade in the 1870s. Selling whiskey to Indians was against the law in Montana Territory. So the traders picked up supplies in Fort Benton, loaded them on a bull train, and took their whiskey wares over the border to Canada. It was a great scheme that lasted a few years, until the NW Mounted Police was formed to enforce Canadian law. I wish we could have seen Fort Whoop-Up when it wasn't over-run with more than 100 Hutterites.

Sally-Jo Bowman
Springfield, Oregon

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

This hidden gem provides a terrific experience for local and world travelers alike. Learn about the real local history, about the days before the white man descended on what it now Lethbridge.

Although a replica of the original fort, you can imagine what it would have been like for those who were stationed at a place like this.

Learn about the last great inter-tribal Indian battle, between the Plains Cree and the Blackfoot, as well as other Native lore.

Thank hawaii5times
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

The Ft. Whoop Up visitor center provides a few interesting facts, but no $7.35 worth. The self-guided tour begins with a 20 minute or so video, which is fairly informative but the information is not well-presented. In fact, it seemed a little confusing. Walking through the fort itself is kind of interesting, but very short lived. And if I understood the video correctly, the fort is actually a replica built well after the original fort was demolished.

On the other hand, just outside of Ft. Whoop Up is a nice- and free- park with picnic areas (including firepits) and playground, just below the railroad trestle. There are also a lot of paved and gravel walking paths that follow along the river. At the top of the hill is a large dog-walking park, no leash required.

2  Thank Crissy B
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