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National Historic Sites in Alberta
Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site of Canada

Fort Whoop-Up
Fort Whoop-Up
© Glenbow Archives NA 17-1

Established by Montana fur traders in 1869, Fort Whoop-Up was a whiskey post founded by scoundrels seeking profit and adventure. Contraband liquor and firearms escalated the violence and corruption at the site and led to the formation of the North West Mounted Police in 1873. Go back to the day where you were forced to wonder…. Is today a good day to trade? Relive the site’s entrepreneurial spirit laced with rebellious corruption. You might get shot…. you might get robbed…. but a visit to Fort Whoop-Up is always worth the risk.

This site is open year round and is located in Indian Battle Park at 3rd Avenue South and Scenic Drive in Lethbridge.

For more information, please contact: 403-329-0444 or check out our website at

Toilets, Accessible

Services: exhibits, interpretive tours available, interactive programs, food services, picnic facilities.