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Fort Battleford National Historic Site

Education Program




Why consider a trip to Fort Battleford?

Is your class studying the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) or the conflict of 1885? Have you considered visiting one of Canada’s original NWMP posts? Tour the historic buildings, experience the history of Fort Battleford with hands on activities, and learn, first-hand about the role of the NWMP in shaping the Canadian West. This guide is intended to help teachers plan their trip to Fort Battleford NHS. Plan to have some fun, too! Read on for guidance in planning and booking your visit.

Fort Battleford played a pivotal role in the Events of 1885; specifically with respect to the involvement of the Indigenous People.

Fort Battleford was commemorated in 1923, and is nationally significant because of:

  • The role of the North West Mounted Police at the Fort from 1876 to 1885 in extending the Canadian Government’s interests in the west;
  • The role of the Fort during the North West Conflict of 1885, including:
  • Its role in The “siege” of Battleford;
  • As a base for military operations at Cut Knife Hill, Fort Pitt and the search for Chief Big Bear;
  • As the site of the surrender of Chief Poundmaker to General Middleton’s forces on May 26, 1885.

Heritage Presentation Program

Heritage Interpreters will take students on a Tour of Discovery! Understand the First Nations’ involvement in the Conflict of 1885 and how the Fort offered safety and security to over five hundred local settlers during this unsettled time. Learn how the Government of Canada believed the Plains Cree were supporting Louis Riel and the Métis and how; in reality they had their own set of issues with the Government and that it was really a small number of Warriors taking matters into their own hands; against the wishes of their Chiefs.

Saskatchewan Curriculum Links

Interpreters will help meet your curriculum requirements in the following areas:

  • Social Studies Grades 4, 5, 8
  • Interactions & Interdependence (IN)
  • Social Studies Grades 3, 4, 8, 9
  • Dynamic Relationships (DR)
  • Social Studies Grades 4, 8
  • Power & Authority (PQ)
  • Native Studies 10 Grade 10
  • Unit 2 Community & Kinship
  • Unit 3 Governance
  • Social Studies 30 Grade 12
  • Unit 1 Change
  • Unit 3 Culture

Educational Workshops for 2017:

When booking your 2 hour educational program, please choose one of the following workshops to best meet the needs of your curriculum and your students:

Many Voices demonstrates how people can have very different viewpoints of the same situation and shows how stories and history are told and remembered in different cultures.

Games - This workshop will include a variety of period games. The discussion will also take a look at the importance of games to the children of early settlers in Saskatchewan.

Drill - students are ’inducted’ into the North West Mounted Police Force and are trained on Drill Marching procedures. Combine this workshop with our exciting Fire the Cannon workshop for an experience your students will never forget!

Canada 150! Test your knowledge of Canada, from its geography to its provincial flags. This workshop is an excellent way for Canadians of all ages to discover something new about their country.

An optional workshop for your consideration

Fire the Cannon! This workshop is an enhanced program opportunity where your students will learn the steps to firing a cannon. It is a very ‘hands on’ program allowing the students to go through all the procedures and safety precautions to prep, load and fire a cannon. During this workshop there will be no black powder and no risk to your students. Following the students’ hands on portion of the workshop, out trained and experienced staff will demonstrate an actual firing of the gun.

Enhanced Fee of $1.80 per student


To celebrate Canada 150 entrance to all National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation areas is free. Schools wishing to participate in self-guided visits are welcome to explore the site on their own with no fee. We encourage students, however, to participate in an optional heritage presentation program, where an experienced interpreter guides them through a customized learning program, tailored for their provincial curriculum. These programs showcase the very best Canada has to offer, telling stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples. A small fee is charged to help cover a portion of the costs of delivering these programs. Parks Canada is discounting combination fees for school groups by 25% for 2017 to ensure free admission for Canada 150 is reflected in prices.

Enhanced fees must be paid upon arrival. Cash, cheques, credit cards, and/or debit cards are accepted. Cheques are made payable to "The Receiver General for Canada".

 Students (K – 12)
 Includes one optional program  $2.90
 Includes one optional program with cannon demonstration  $4.70
 Teachers, chaperones, bus drivers  FREE

Please note prices are subject to change.
Fort Battleford requires one chaperone for every ten students.

How to book your visit

Thank-you for considering a visit to Fort Battleford for your school group. To reserve your spot contact the site for availability. We strive to accommodate your travel times and course requirement. Let us know your needs when you call or email to book your visit.

Book early to reserve your preferred date!

Fort Battleford NHS will confirm the options you choose when your booking is processed and confirmed.

Have the following information ready when you call:

  • Name of program
  • Teachers' names (all names if multiple classes plan to visit together)
  • School name and contact information
  • Number of students and grade level
  • Approximate number of adults
  • Date (Select your top 2 preferences)
  • Language: Request service in English, French, or a mixture of both official languages.
  • Special needs: Is there anything we need to be aware of to ensure a smooth visit for your group?

Phone: 306-937-2621


As visitation levels are expected to increase in 2017, we encourage all groups, whether planning a self-guided visit or taking part in a heritage presentation program, to reserve ahead of time to secure your space and avoid congestion and potential delays. Capacity is limited and a reservation will help ensure a smooth and pleasant visit.
If you need to make changes to your reservation, call the site as soon as possible.

Preparing your class

Rain, snow, shine or mosquitoes, Fort Battleford NHS is open and the programs run as scheduled! There's a lot of walking outside. Please ensure students and chaperones are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and are wearing comfortable walking shoes.

Please arrive a few minutes before you are scheduled to begin. Know how long your travel time is and how to get here before you leave. If you get delayed along the way, please phone the site to let us know. We'll try to accommodate the changes in your schedule. Please, be aware that we are unable to change the schedule for other groups if your group is delayed.

Access materials

Your group will be walking to the various activities on site. If you have students or adults with mobility restrictions, please let us know in advance so alternative options may be provided.

Gift shop

Gift shop items may be limited. Please call ahead for confirmation.

Food services

Limited or possibly no lunch services will be available. Please call ahead for confirmation.

Picnic areas

There's a picnic area with tables beside the Visitor Center if you are interested in an outdoor lunch break.

How to Find Us:

Arriving at the Battlefords, proceed to the Town of Battleford. Turn East on 22nd Street. Follow to Central Avenue and turn right on Central Ave.

Follow Central Avenue out of town, past the Kramer Campground on your left. The next approach on the left is Fort Battleford. There is ample parking in the public parking lot for busses.

Proceed to the Visitor Centre.