Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay

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Step into the past at one of Canada's largest fur trading posts at Fort William Historical Park. The site has recreated the Fort William fur trade post as it existed in 1815, providing hands-on learning for both children and adults. Walk through the fur market and learn about the pelts from living history staff. Along with the fur trading post, the fort has an amphitheater that holds a number of events each year. Using our world travel planner, Thunder Bay attractions like Fort William Historical Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Wow! The interpreters at Fort William were like Broadway stars. Their anecdotal and history lessons enhanced our experience greatly. We absolutely felt transported back in time and we were able to...  more »
  • Fantastic historical site telling the story of the fur trade in Fort William and Northwestern Ontario in the early 1800s. Interpreters were fantastic. Loved seeing Indigenous people placed as...  more »
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  • This place is phenomenal. I've been to dozens of living history museum and this one was the most enjoyable of them all. Dogs are allowed everywhere in the park which was great for us traveling with our dog. I was very happily surprised about that. Some of the guides were great, some I could tell we're trying to find their groove with acting and speaking, but all were extremely knowledgeable. This place thoroughly impressed me. The authenticity was incredible. Highly highly recommend.
  • My mistake: only spending one night! I should have arrived in the afternoon, setup camp, the next day spend lots of time at the Fort, spend another night and leave the following day. The first tour starts at 10:15am but campground checkout is at noon. 2hrs is not sufficient time to be in the Fort. The living history aspect is excellent with actors taking the role of historical characters. Camping is convenient but only a 3 star rating. You are parked on grass in a large open field with no trees or shade. Some sites have electricity and water but it may be a reach to get to them as the facilities are between sites. The toilets and showers are found in small trailers. They are like the small bathrooms in RVs - not modern flush toilets. This was disappointing. Be careful when walking on the grass - a large flock of Canadian geese were living there and their poop was everywhere! The Fort visitor center was excellent as were the staff working there. Oh, we didn't learn till we were leaving that the Fort had a canteen where drinks and snacks could be obtained....wish we would have known! Go! It is well worth the trip!
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