Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
The Lower Fort Garry grounds are open for visitors to enjoy. The Visitor Centre, washrooms and all historic buildings are closed. Lower Fort Garry will open for the 2023 season on May 23.
Just north of Winnipeg, on the banks of the Red River, sits a bastion of history. From hosting the signing of the first of the Numbered Treaties to serving as a Hudson's Bay Company stronghold and much more, Lower Fort Garry has had a varied and fascinating history.
A Walk Through History
Take a stroll through the grounds, watch historical demonstrations and participate in interactive activities led by costumed interpreters.
Enhance your visit to Lower Fort Garry by taking part in one or more of our workshops.
Gabeshiwin – the camp
See the buffalo hide and marvel at the intricate details holding the wigwams in place.
Services and information
Activities and experiences
Things to do, calendar of events, tours, programs, red chairs, Indigenous programming area and volunteering.
Plan your visit
How to get here, facilities and services, meeting and event rentals, hours of operation, Indigenous Peoples Open Doors program and fees.
Tours and programs
Guided tours, programs, workshops, learning experiences and school programs.
Visitor alerts, insect and seasonal safety, and use of drones.
Culture and history
Indigenous connections, history, York boats, artifacts and spooky stories.
Stewardship and management
Partners, film permits, photography permits, management plan, and contact.
Daily visitor fees, equipment rental, facility rental, heritage presentation special programs and more. Free admission for youth.
Planning to visit during COVID-19?
Contact Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Phone number: 1-888-773-8888 (toll free)
Phone number: 204-785-6050
Phone number: 204-785-6055 (weekends)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For emergencies within the national historic site:
Phone number: 911
Hours of operation
The national historic site is closed for the season.
Access to the historic site: May to September
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