NEW Simon Says Blacksmithing
Blacksmithing at Lower Fort Garry

The invaluable historic trade of blacksmithing is finally within your grasp. Working in pairs under the direction of a trained blacksmith, your class will use tongs, hammers and your own anvil to create a small keepsake as your first step in mastering the craft. In addition, each student will get the chance to mint their own metal Lower Fort Garry medallion.
This activity uses soft metals which allow for a safer, non-heated form of blacksmithing. It allows the students to engage with history in a hands-on way.

Length: 60 minutes

NEW Candle Making
Candle making at Lower Fort Garry

The craft of candle making was historically one that most families participated in together. Using all the historic methods, prepare to get your hands dirty while creating your very own candle.
This activity gives students the chance to participate in the candle making process from start to finish. After a couple of weeks in your home freezer, your candles should be ready to light.

Length: 60 minutes

Get the Scoop: Ice Cream at Lower Fort Garry
Heritage ice cream at Lower Fort Garry 

Could there have been ice cream at Lower Fort Garry in 1851? Join and explore the delectable history of ice cream with your class. This multidisciplinary program will challenge students with the basics of a scientific inquiry while being immersed in the stimulating story of how this tasty treat came to the prairies. After the inquiry students are invited to taste their final product!

Length: 45-60 minutes

Treaty Negotiation Activity
Treaty negotiation activity at Lower Fort Garry 

Respecting the spirit and intent of treaty negotiations, students will gain an understanding of an important historical and contemporary relationship through a hands-on learning opportunity. This engaging activity gives students the chance to negotiate their own treaty, and encourages them to reflect on the longevity and lasting impacts of these decisions.

Length: 45-60 minutes


In small teams, students will learn the basics of heritage cooking. From the quern to the hearth students participate in the preparation of bannock and butter, and get to sample the fruits of their labour.

This program is tied to the social studies curriculum (Identity, Culture and Community & The Land: Places and People), and engages students in a cultural activity. Specific learning outcomes for grade five include Clusters 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Length: 45-60 minutes

Campfires and Communities

Gather around, find a comfortable spot near the fire and take part in one of Manitoba’s oldest traditions, storytelling. An experienced Interpreter will captivate you with Indigenous legends and share the story of Manitoba’s origins. You will also learn about the significance of colours in some Indigenous cultures while making your own medicine wheel bracelet.

  • Grade 1 – Clusters 1, 2 & 3: I Belong, My Environment, Connecting with Others
  • Grade 2 – Cluster 1: Our Local Community
  • Grade 3 – Clusters 1 & 3: Connecting with Canadians, Communities of the World
  • Grade 4 – Clusters 3 & 4: Living in Manitoba, History of Manitoba
  • Grade 5 – Clusters 1 & 3: First Peoples, Fur Trade
  • Grade 6 – Cluster 4: Canada Today: Democracy, Diversity and the Influence of the Past

Length: 45 minutes

Heritage Chocolate Workshop

Discover the delicious history of chocolate. Cocoa has been enjoyed by kings, governors, soldiers and fur traders alike. Students will work together to prepare a heritage hot chocolate recipe and enjoy the delicious rewards of their labour.

Length: 45-60 minutes

Mini Mounties Police Drill

In this fun and interactive activity, students dress up as members of the North West Mounted Police and learn about the founding of this historic police force while participating in a series of drill activities. Students tailor their uniforms by creating their own pill-box hats to take home!

This activity provides students the opportunity to reinforce and build on the skills learned in Social Studies (Identity, Culture and Community & The Land: Places and People). Specific learning objectives met by this activity are: Grade 4 Clusters 3 & 4; Grade 5 Cluster 4; Grade 6 Cluster 1.

Length: 45-60 minutes


Artifact Bingo

It's Bingo, Lower Fort Garry style! The Bingo card squares are filled with pictures of artifacts found throughout the historic site. The Bingo caller, a Parks Canada interpreter, describes what each picture represents utilizing the actual artifact. A fun, interactive program suitable for all ages.

Length: 45-60 minutes


In cooperative groups, students will learn how to build mini versions of a tipi and a Red River frame house. This is an excellent activity providing students the opportunity to reinforce and build on the skills learned in Cluster 0 as well as the Grade 3 and 5 science curricula.

Length: 45-60 minutes