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Fort St. James National Historic Site of Canada

School Programs

Elementary School Program

School Activity
School Activity
© Parks Canada

Availability: Mid May– September

Learning Level: All elementary grades

Program Length: Two hours, 10 am-12pm or 1-3pm (times negotiable)

Maximum Capacity: 70 students

In this program each student has the opportunity to live like a fur trader. This program is filled with hands-on activities that engage the students in a historic setting. We start the program in the Visitor Centre where the students can use the washrooms and then watch a nine minute introductory film. After seeing the film, the students are broken up into a maximum of seven groups and sent to various stations, including historic buildings. Five of the stations are run by costumed interpreters that educate the students while doing interactive activities. The stations that the student will rotate through are:

  • Hunting with spears
  • Bartering for trade goods using rabbit furs
  • Hand washing laundry
  • Historic and First Nations games
  • Building a Red River Frame style house
  • Sawing wood
  • Handling Furs