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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada


Parks Canada Volunteer Program | Friends of Lower Fort Garry

Parks Canada Volunteer Program

Parks Canada Volunteer Program

Be a part of our program!

Parks Canada offers a diversity of volunteer activities and reaches many volunteers with different interests. Activities include research and monitoring support, special events, caretaker activities, living history and host activities.

For more information contact:
Telephone: 204-785-6050

Volunteer Activities for 2014

Children’s Day Volunteers

On Wednesdays in July and August kids get a chance to experience life as a 1850s day labourer at the Fort. Children's Day volunteers are needed to assist Parks Canada staff with activities such as the sign-up table, laundry, board games, croquet, relays, etc.

Fun Zone Volunteers
Tea party Tea party
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NEW for 2014, we’re looking for Fun Zone volunteers, 7 days a week in July and August, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm. This is a new, self-guided, independent activity for visitors to Lower Fort Garry.

There are two theme activities:

  • Tea Party Station in the Big House. Tiny table and chairs with dishes, plastic food and costumes pieces for young children. The station will be set up for use on an on-going basis. Volunteers will encourage families with young children to play.

  • Fun and Games. Various games (croquet, cards, dice, draughts, etc.) are set up or available throughout the historic grounds. This is self-guided but volunteers will as available, circulate around the site and encourage play.

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Be the Parks Canada mascot, Parka!

Parks Canada is seeking a dynamic, outgoing person with endless energy to be our official mascot, “Parka” - a curious and friendly beaver who acts as our ambassador. Representing a child-visitor, Parka invites young children and their families to Parks Canada places where they will find things to see, do, explore and learn. Parka is silent and always travels with a Parks Canada team member who acts as her guide, interpreter and friend.

We’re looking for a young adult volunteer, male or female, between 5’4” and 6’ tall. Must be able to work in a hot, enclosed environment (wear the full mascot costume). Available for appearances in locations in Winnipeg and Lower Fort Garry at various events including August 3 & 4, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tattoo Station Volunteers – Be a Tattoo Artist!
Tattoos Be a Tattoo Artist!
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NEW for 2014, we have a portable Airbrush Tattoo Station which will offer Parks Canada stencil designs to raise awareness of our parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. This activity is great for connecting with young, urban audiences – it’s cool, it’s daring and it inspires people to discover our heritage places.

We’re looking for young adult volunteers, 18 years of age and older, to assist staff with this activity for 2 hour shifts. August 3 & 4 at Lower Fort Garry.

Friends of Lower Fort Garry

The Friends of Lower Fort Garry, a non-profit charitable organization, was established in 1985 by community volunteers to supplement and enhance programs at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Since then the organization has grown both in membership and variety of activities, to include volunteer opportunities for all heritage-minded individuals.

The mandate of the Friends of Lower Fort Garry is the preservation of the historic site by educating the public about the heritage value of the fort. It is happy to offer opportunities in costuming, song and dance, children's day camp activities, workshops, social events and other heritage activities.

An important aspect of the organization’s program is the management of a period gift shop that contributes to the organization's financial self-sufficiency. Using seasonal student employees and volunteers of all ages, the association offers services on-site to the visiting public.

The Friends of Lower Fort Garry is dedicated to the idea of community involvement in what is essentially a community asset. Though Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is managed by a federal government department, it contributes a large part of the enthusiasm and manpower that supports the fort and its place in Canadian heritage. Join our programs and activitiesyou will be well rewarded with personal enjoyment and the satisfaction of supporting a world-class heritage site.

To learn more about the Friends of Lower Fort Garry, please visit their website: