Fort Steele Heritage Town, Fort Steele

#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Kootenay Rockies
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Travel back in time to the 19th century at Fort Steele Heritage Town, a sprawling heritage village and living history museum. Designated as a historic site in 1967, the town was restored to its former life two years later, as a way to preserve, present and manage its significant heritage. Today, under the backdrop of the dramatic Rock and Purcell mountains, experience the life and times of the town in buildings dating back as early as 1890, spread over 4 ha (12 ac). Horse drawn carriage rides, blacksmith demonstrations, gold panning and ice cream making are just a few of the abundant activities available. Train journeys on three preserved steam locomotives await, as well as daily performances at the Wildhorse Theater. Grab a bite to eat at one of the various concessions presented in a period setting. Using our world travel planner, Fort Steele attractions like Fort Steele Heritage Town can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We enjoyed coming here to see this historic site. Best option to see the grounds is go with the Free Tour, as our Guide was "first class" with the information & attention to detail. COVID friendly...  more »
  • I love this place it’s something you can’t experience just any where . Always happy friendly staff. Great for the family including your furry ones . Will visit again.  more »
  • I put off reviewing this place because it was so great, I didn't want to mess up my review. Hands down, the coolest thing I've booked and been to as an adult. My husband and I were driving from Portland, OR to New York and wanted to check out the Canadian route. When we found out we could stay over night in the park, it was a no brainer. We got there at 3:45pm, checked in and then had free reign to walk the grounds after the park was closed. The staff made us feel incredibly welcomed. The blacksmith, Cam (or Cal, I should have written it down) gave us a behind the scenes look at the smithy - both the historic one and the on-site more modern one. The site is historically impressive - a full on town from the late 1800s. Actually staying where people during the Gold Rush laid their heads was so cool. If you are looking for something wholly unique - I know that we had a one of a kind experience and you will too!
  • This is one very interesting place with lots of things to see and do. I love going there. The steam train rides, the stage coach rides. The bakery. The restaurant authentic food.
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