While camping in the Thunder Bay area we decided to make Fort William a major stop for our 10 year old son. Although we have been to similar historical sites, this was a first time here. We got information and direction from the tourist office on the highway into town from the east. They suggested spend several hours at the fort. We spent 4 and could easily have made a full day of it.
The reenactment staff stuck to there personas very well, and gave the impression that we were popping in and that life in the fort with all it's back stories was carrying on around us..
The arrival of the voyageurs was exciting and the cannon salutes echo back of the far river shore quite loudly. My son carries one of the bales of supplies into the fort as part of the ceremony.
Later on the was a fire drill using the hand pumped water wagon. Again my son got involved as part of the bucket brigade to fill the water tank from the pump. He then served as the fire and was used for target practice by the fire crew. Given the heat and sun he was happy with this plan. Actually it was one of his top picks for the holiday.
The indian encampment outside the walls of the fort was also very interesting as a birch bark wigwam was being built and hides being scared and dries to be cut into bindings.
Entry was about $40 for the three of us, great value for a day in well a well presented historical site.
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