As of August 20, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site Historic Grounds and Buildings will be closed to the public in order to begin construction work that is part of the Federal Infrastructure Investment program.
Investments in the preservation and restoration of national historic sites like Lower Fort Garry will protect our heritage and strengthen their appeal as a destination to celebrate our country’s diverse and storied history, including the history and culture of Indigenous people.
Visitor safety is a priority at all Parks Canada places, to minimize potential safety risks associated with construction, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site will be closing early the season. The site will remain closed for the duration of the 2018 operational season and will re-open in spring 2019.
Over the next several years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Although construction will be underway on the site in August, Parks Canada remains committed to working alongside our Treaty No. 1 First Nations partners at Lower Fort Garry during this project. We will continue to work together in holding our annual Treaty No. 1 Commemoration Day celebration on August 3rd for all to enjoy.
While Lower Fort Garry is operating around the constrained site this season, we encourage visitors to experience the rich history and heritage of all our sites here in Manitoba; including St. Andrews Rectory, Riel House and The Forks National Historic Sites in the South, and the beautiful Prince of Wales Fort and York Factory National Historic Sites in Manitoba’s North. They are brimming with history and culture.
Parks Canada’s federal infrastructure investment program projects
Historic stone wall repair
Repair the perimeter limestone walls surrounding Lower Fort Garry to ensure the stability of this structure over a long lifecycle and to sustain meaningful visitor experience at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.
Rehabilitation of heritage buildings
Project includes improving accessibility of the Big House; and improving/upgrading fire protection and electrical systems for the Big House, Fur Loft and Men’s House.
Water and wastewater system replacement
Replace water and wastewater system at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (potable water - well, treatment facility and distribution system; wastewater - collection and treatment facility), where the existing system is nearing the end of its service life.
*Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed.
What to know before you visit
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