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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site officially open for visitor season

by ahnationtalk on May 13, 2019155 Views

From: Parks Canada

May 13, 2019 St. Andrew’s, Manitoba Parks Canada Agency

Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun educational activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs – and Lower Fort Garry is a National Historic Site that is sure to please.

Starting today, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is officially open for the 2019 visitor season.

Explore our legendary site and interact with our costumed guides, or indulge your senses on a tour or workshop. Lower Fort Garry’s programs will immerse visitors in rich moments of Canadian history. Discover special site adventures such as our evening ghost tours, Stories at Sunset and Open Flame Beer-Making – all part of our exciting Friday Campfire Series. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Fort this summer, from youngest to wisest!

Once again, Lower Fort Garry will hold the second annual Métis Friendship Celebration on July 1. In addition to regular Canada Day activities at the Fort, like crafts and games, there will also be a variety of traditional Métis music, dancing, and activities for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free – and all are welcome!

Working in collaboration with our Indigenous partners, Parks Canada is proud to host the annual August 3rd Treaty No. 1 Commemoration at Lower Fort Garry. The event honours the making of Treaty No.1 nearly 150 years ago. All are invited to learn about treaties and the site’s Indigenous history. And as always, admission to Lower Fort Garry will be free for all visitors on this day.

Parks Canada’s places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under for the coming year. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada also continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada’s staff at Lower Fort Garry are excited to welcome new and returning guests back to experience everything that the site has to offer.


“Warm weather is finally here. It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love. Parks Canada has so many wonderful places where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore our wilderness and learn about our culture and history. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for young people, 17 and under. So let’s get outdoors, visit our national parks, historic sites, or marine conservation areas, taking advantage of discovering the places in Canada we love best.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • The latest Parks Canada’s app update makes trip planning for Parks Canada’s locations across the country even easier for first time visitors. Visitors can now find Learn-to Camp content in the app and can obtain information on proper camping equipment, tips, and recipes. Visitors can even plan their entire trip itinerary and create a camping checklist.
  • Canada’s network of protected areas play an important role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk.
  • Visitor safety is important to Parks Canada. Visitors can do their part by getting informed and being prepared by planning an activity and sharing that information with a friend or family before they begin. Learn about the wildlife in the park/site you will be visiting to help us keep wildlife wild by checking out our top ten tips.
  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s North- Yukon! In collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC Air Canada, and Air North.
  • The possession and consumption of cannabis is now legal and is strictly regulated in Canada. For more information about cannabis in Canada, please visit:

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Jodi Duhard
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Manitoba Field Unit

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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