Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

Stand on the historic spot where trade began between the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) people and European fur traders in 1807, forever changing the course of First Nations and Canadian history. On this terraced grassland overlooking the Columbia Valley, the North West Company built the first fur trading post in the region and legendary explorer and surveyor David Thompson set off to survey the Columbia, the renowned “Great River of the West.”

Hours of operation

Always open. The site may be inaccessible in the winter due to snow.


Free admission

Contact us

Mid-May to mid-October


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