Journey back in time to talk with a 19th century Métis settler about life on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Imagine the shocking changes as the troops and warriors gathered and battle began to rage. Witness the bullet holes at the final battlefield of the Northwest Resistance of 1885 and learn more about how a traditional way of life changed forever as a new country began to form.

Featured things to do

Louis Riel and Kidfest

Get ready, get set, have fun with family and friends! Two events in one, means fun for all ages. The day’s highlights are the Louis Riel Relays and Kidfest, while live entertainment bannock tasting and food vendors round out the festivities.

Rent a canoe

Let the cool breeze guide you as you cruise the calm waters of the South Saskatchewan River, the warm sun shimmering in your wake. Inquire at the Visitor Centre for rental information.

Journey through time

Meet authentically costumed Métis settlers as you journey through time to hear everyday stories of the folk who lived by the South Saskatchewan River on the site of the last battle of the 1885 Resistance.

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

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Closed for winter
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Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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