Fort William Historical Park
Step back in time to the year of 1816 to experience the heyday of the Canadian fur trade. Explore Fort William, magnificent inland headquarters of the North West Company. Nestled within a natural environment in Thunder Bay, right beside the Kaministiquia River, the fort is a community unto itself. It's amazing in size and scope, featuring over 42 authentic, reconstructed buildings on the 25-acre site. Visit the artisans' area, Native encampment, and the farm. Discover how birch bark canoes are built. Chat with Scottish fur traders, Ojibwa and Metis people, and French Canadian voyageurs, artisans and farmers. With 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres, Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.
Fort William Historical Park offers themed camps with exciting and educational topics that make learning an adventure! They offer a wide variety of PA Day, March break and summer camp options where children explore the island for indigenous plants and animals, bake bread in a stone oven, indoor and outdoor sport activities and much more. French camps are an option available for children age 7-12 years old.
Fort William Historical Park offers an exciting variety of curriculum-based programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 providing an ultimate trip back in time. They offer a series of different themed workshops including "Overnight Adventures" and programs in French including French language multimedia resources for classroom use.