From 1796 to just after the War of 1812, Fort St. Joseph, the most westerly British outpost in North America, was a thriving community of soldiers, fur traders, Indian Department officials and Indigenous people. The British garrison provided a vital military presence on the upper Great Lakes that strengthened the Aboriginal alliance and supported the fur trade.

Explore the Visitor Centre and wander the ruins to learn what life was like in this bustling fort before it was abandoned, burned by American forces and later reclaimed by the British following the takeover of Fort Michilimackinac. Join the Ghost Walk, listen for the voices of long-ago inhabitants, and examine fascinating relics of that bygone era.

Don’t miss the Fort’s stunning natural setting. Hike the trails to Lake Huron’s edge where wildlife, migratory birds and waterfowl are all waiting to be discovered.

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