Journey through Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and immerse yourself in its unique and varied history with our new outdoor walking experience. Take a stroll through the grounds, watch historical demonstrations and participate in interactive activities led by costumed interpreters.

This self-guided tour will allow you to discover heritage crafts, artifacts, skills and stories at each outdoor location. With physical distancing measures in place, try your hand at heritage crafts and skills. Watch as historic candle making, gardening, sash weaving, wood carving, and music and dance are brought to life.

Times:

Available 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Duration:

Allow for 90 minutes to explore the fort grounds, learn about the history and artifacts, and experience the demonstrations.


Historic Demonstrations

Historic demonstrations are available throughout the week at Lower Fort Garry. Learn about blacksmithing, historic firearms and candle making while you experience A Walk Through History.

Blacksmithing
 

Watch the blacksmith work with a forge 2000°C hot. See how steel can be manipulated into all sorts of useful things using historic tools and an expert knowledge of the art form.

Dates: Saturday

Historic Firearms
 

Learn about the history of firearms and military presence at Lower Fort Garry and how Indigenous trappers would have used firearms during the fur trade era. Experience a black powder demonstration with historic firearms!

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 and 2:00

Candle making
 

Tallow is a beef fat traditionally used to make candles. Watch an interpreter melt a pot of tallow over an open fire to make candles right before your eyes! Have fun with fat and learn about the important practice of candle making, which brought light to the dark winter months in the Red River Settlement.

Dates: Friday

Fees:The Walk Through History experience is included in the cost of admission. Contactless payment is encouraged. Visit our detailed fees list to learn about admission prices.


More information about COVID-19 and your visit to Lower Fort Garry.