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“Good Times had at Fright Night”

Fort William Historical Park
Ranked #3 of 69 things to do in Thunder Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

For those looking to get into the Halloween spirit, Fright Night at the fort is a great way to get some spooks and screams out before the event. Add some well placed eerie lights and sounds to the old wooden buildings shrouded in the darkness of night, and you have the perfect backdrop for a mad doctor and his minions to haunt the fort. Watch out for dark corners and dead ends as you start your quest to thwart the doctor's plans. Hats off to all the volunteers and staff who spent long hours making this come to life -money well spent

Thank Rob P
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Fort William Historical Park is one of the best places to go with relatives from out-of-town, and I highly reccommend it to anyone who visits Thunder Bay.
Each day is filled with different historical activities as well as games and fun. Usually in the summer you can experience new voyageurs as they come to the Fort with a Cannon and Canoe re-enactment.
If you think your arm is strong, try the axe-throwing.
Make sure to visit the Native Tribe location in the park and pick up some bannock to eat, as well as the canteen and get some beef stew (doesn't matter the season, it's delicious anyhow!). In the Canteen, you might hear Rodney Brown on the radio/sound system as well.
Visit every building, and if you see the voyageur dance party, make sure to join in! (A voyageur will teach you how to do the dance, and it is absolutely fun). If you are a Celtic Musician, you will recognize songs like "Swallowtail Jig", "Calliope House" and "The Kesh" played by some of the fiddlers (some of which are in the Kam Valley Fiddlers, some of which are my friends.)
Visit the stables as well. You might get to hold a lamb (its not a baaaad idea, they're so soft and fuzzy and make cute little baa noises!).

3  Thank diamondharp
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Fort William is the first place we take any family that visits us in Thunder Bay. The authentic atmosphere is perpetuated by mostly summer students that play the part of someone notable that lived in the fort back then. They stay in character no matter what you say. My Dad mentioned they flew in on a Porter Dash 8 yesterday and the actor said: "That must be a new schooner I haven't heard of!" They are also very knowledgeable about all aspects of life back then. They have their usual stuff they say when you arrive in their area, but often you can ask more detailed questions and they know everything! I have a feeling that most rotate positions throughout the summer to keep it interesting for them and learn more about the entire operation. It's really neat to wander around and see them go about their daily lives as they lived back then. Visit the bakery and the girls are baking real bread from scratch in a wood fired oven. Visit the kitchen next store and there is a real lamb roasting all day over a fire on a clockwork rotating spit. There are LOADS of free samples and they always offer to try this or that... smell this lovely spice we use or feel how heavy this pot we use is. A really great immersive experience! I would recommend going on a Sunday. They usually have more going on and admission is usually a lot cheaper. Make sure to get there just before noon when the new visitors arrive at the fort by water. They fire off real saluting cannons! Awesome! The whole place is also a working farm. Many of their ingredients they use in the kitchen are grown on site. They have fields of vegetables, cows, horses, goats, lambs, chickens, the whole bit! The staff in this area are really good with the animals and let you get up close and personal. Learn how cheese is made, visit the tin smith and blacksmith, watch as they make another giant birch-bark canoe. Learn the value of different pelts in the trading post or visit the doctor and see all the potions and lotions they would prescribe. Try your hand at axe-throwing or climb the lookout tower to get a birds-eye view of the whole place. There is so much to see and do! A top notch attraction that is a must-see for anyone visiting Thunder Bay!

Thank Eric S
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed hearing all the history, exploring the buildings and items preseved from the past. We enjoyed the presentations and the wonderful food that was served. It was just like living in the past, seeing how the fur traders lived their lives, all the hardships they endured, including the lack of medical care. It was very interesting to see the type of medical equipment they used back then.

Thank lvidmar
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Guided by a "trader" you'll learn a lot about ancient times - about the first nations and the first traders and later on the NorthWest Co and the Hudson Co. So history will become live.
The park staff (visitor center, transportation service - shuttle bus - and guides) was very friendly.

Thank FritzG
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