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Fort Battleford National Historic Site

Education Program

Why consider a trip to Fort Battleford?

Fort Battleford played a pivotal role in the Events of 1885; specifically with respect to the involvement of the First Nations people.

Commemorated in 1923, Fort Battleford 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.
  • Low Fees For All Students
    School programs - $3.90 per person.
    The following payment methods are available: Cash, cheques, credit and debit.
    Please make cheques payable to : “Receiver General for Canada”.

    2016 Hours of Operation: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    May 23 to June 26 open Monday to Friday
    June 27 to September 5 open 7 days a week

    We strive to accommodate your travel times and course requirement. Let us know your needs when you call or email to book your visit.

    Saskatchewan Curriculum Links

    Our costumed 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

    Guided Tour

    Our costumed Heritage Interpreters will take your 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 500 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.

    Educational Workshops for 2016:

    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.

    Archaeology Dig shows the important role archaeology plays in furthering our understanding of the past. It is a hands on activity and is dependent upon favourable weather conditions.

    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!

    Fire the Cannon Workshop!
    For an additional fee of $2.40 per student you can choose the Fire the Cannon Workshop! Combined with the Drill workshop, your students will have a BLAST!

    Lunch and Gift Shop

    The Friends of Fort Battleford is a not-for-profit  organization running under the Battle River Settlement Foundation. For your convenience, the Friends operates a gift shop and concession in the Visitor Centre. In addition, they offer a very reasonably priced, pre-booked lunch menu. Their lunch menu can be emailed or faxed to you upon request. This non-profit group works with the Parks Canada staff to provide quality programs at Fort Battleford. Please encourage your students to purchase a souvenir or snack for the ride home.

    How to book your visit

    Thank-you for considering a visit to Fort Battleford National Historic Site for your school group. To reserve your spot please fill out the booking sheet and fax or email to the contact information provided on the form.

    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.