Travel back to 1896 when wealth was measured in fur pelts and salmon, the natural bounty bartered by the Carrier First Nations and European fur traders at Fort St. James. Tour Canada’s largest collection of wooden buildings faithfully restored to the fur trade era. Spend the night in the historic Murray house warmed by a wood stove and memories of the family who lived here more than a century ago.

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Take the “Escape the Fort'' challenge
Take the “Escape the Fort'' challenge

Search the entire Fort grounds with clues like ''Where is AC Murray now?'' or hit the bull’s-eye and play a game of graces. If you complete the challenge you will get 20% off in our café to try the legendary rack of ribs or delicious salmon!

World class chicken racing

Flock to the famous chicken races held daily on a special track in a lakefront field at Fort St. James. Bet your chicken bucks on a top-flight bird and get pinned with a winner’s button.

Spend the night in 1896

Sleep in the historic home of the fort’s former chief factor, just as it was in 1896, down to the bedding, wood stove and chamber pot. Enjoy after-hours free rein of the fort.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Hours of operation

June 1 to September 21
Every day, from 9 am to 5 pm

*Open all year round for self-guided walks of the historic site grounds, interpretive tours available by appointment.


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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