Art Contest

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“North for 150” Youth Art Contest

Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) is excited to launch a regional youth art contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Northern Ontario’s young artists (ages 5 to 21) are invited to submit new, original art pieces to express their community’s identity and connection to Canada’s culture, history and 150th birthday. Art pieces can be any medium including painting, sculpture, song or dance.

Deadline and Shipping

The deadline to submit your art piece and completed Registration Package is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

The first 100 entries will receive free shipping! You can also drop-off your artwork and completed Registration Package at the FWHP Visitor Centre, open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration Package

For complete contest details download the Registration Package. Make sure to read the entire registration package carefully and complete all the required forms.

Great Prizes!

Winners will receive the Grand Prize Stay & Play Package which includes:

  • $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Return transportation for two from your home community to Thunder Bay
  • Accommodations at a Thunder Bay hotel for three nights (July 21-23, 2017)
  • Admission and attraction passes for two to FWHP’s Karnival on the Kam festival from July 20-23, 2017
  • All semi-finalists will receive a Fort William Historical Park Prize Package that includes handcrafted items from our Heritage collection, Fort souvenirs and DVDs

Art Exhibition

The two winning art pieces will be selected as iconic elements for FWHP’s Canada 150 celebrations. All art submissions will be displayed at FWHP’s Karnival on the Kam festival and will be combined into a travelling exhibition and online showcase. The travelling art exhibit will be available to Northern Ontario communities throughout 2017.

Winners

Entries will be judged primarily on their Canada 150 theme. Six semi-finalists and two finalists will be chosen by a panel of local judges.

The six semi-finalists will be selected by region and age category as follows:

  • City of Thunder Bay: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21
  • Eastern Region – East of Thunder Bay to Wawa: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21
  • Western Region – West of Thunder Bay to Patricia Keewatin District: Ages 5 to 13 and 14 to 21

The two finalists will be chosen from the semi-finalists, with one winner from the ages 5 to 13 category and one winner from the ages 14 to 21 category. Each finalist will win the Grand Prize Stay & Play Package.

This project is proudly supported by Ontario150.

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Voyageur Winter Carnival 2017

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Family Day Weekend - Feb. 18, 19, & 20, 2017

Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm Daily

It’s a weekend full of winter fun for everyone! Bundle up, and come out and enjoy our giant snow maze, tubing and sliding hills, skating, winter games and activities, carnival games and contests, live indoor and outdoor entertainment, plus so much more! It’s fun for the whole family!


Ticket Prices

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Adult $10 $20
Senior (60+) $8 $16
Student $8 $16
Youth (6-12) $8 $16
Children (5 and under) $0 $0
  • All prices are HST included
  • 3 day pass: 3 days for the price of 2 days
  • Advance ticket purchase not required

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New this year – Hovercraft Rides!

Take an exhilarating ride and experience the Kaministiquia River like you never have before - on a hovercraft! 

  • Price: $20.00 (cash only)
  • Hovercraft tickets can be purchased with proof of Admissions fee only
  • Ages 6+
  • Children 6 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Activities & Information

  • Thunder Bay Autosport Club
    • Car Display
  • Giant snow maze
  • Horse drawn wagon rides
  • Skating and curling rinks (skates not provided)
  • Tubing on the BIG Amphitheatre Hill (tubes provided)
  • Children’s sliding hill in the Main Square (some tubes provided)
  • Visit the Canadian Corps of Voyageur (volunteer group) to fire a musket for a $2 donation
  • Visit the Cabane à Sucre and enjoy francophone culture; maple taffy treats are available for purchase
  • Fat bike rides
  • Meet FWHP’s mascots, Willy the Voyageur and Amik the Beaver
  • Traditional activities include: snow snake, snowshoeing (equipment provided), visiting historic buildings and characters, storytelling, the farm, and much more
  • Contemporary activities include: indoor and outdoor entertainment, crafts, science station, snow graffiti, snow fort, snowball catapult and slingshot, winter golf with snow sculptures, carnival games, curling, shuttle puck, and much more! 

Entertainment Schedule


Great Hall Entertainment
Time Entertainer
11:45am - 12:45pm Storytelling by Two Feathers
1:00pm - 1:45pm Bobo the Clown 
2:15pm -  3:15pm Rag Maple
3:30pm - 4:15pm Bobo the Clown 
Ice Race Demonstration*
Provided by Thunder Bay Autosport Club. *Weather permitting. 3:45pm - Monday only
Rides
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11:25am - 5:00pm Hovercraft Rides
11:30am - 5:00pm Wagon Rides

Contest Schedule


Time Contest Contest Details Prizes
12:30 PM Log Sawing Each participant is required to saw the log, person with best time wins Youth & Adult: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
1:45 PM Curling– Draw to the Button Participants compete to get the rock closest to the button Youth & Adult: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
2:30 PM Snow Snake Participants compete to see how far they can throw the stick Youth & Adult: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
3:15 PM Family Moose Ski Race Group  of 4 wears a single set of skis; must get from point A to B to quickest Group: 1st, 2nd, 3rd 
On-Going Name the Baby Animal Best name wins a prize  1st Place

Food and Beverage

  • Full menu offered in the Cantine (debit and credit card machine available)
  • Gran Sasso food vendor (cash only)
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed (in the event of dietary restrictions please contact the Visitor Experience Coordinator at 473-2357 to make alternate arrangements prior to event date)

What to Bring

  • Ice skates and other necessary equipment (a skate and sled check location will be available)
  • Hats, mitts, face coverings and all other weather appropriate clothing
  • Cash. ATM available on historic site and in Visitors’ Centre

Hovercraft Rides – FAQ’s

Can I buy tickets in advance?

No, tickets can only be bought the day of. Hovercraft tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis starting at 11:00am each day.

Do I need admission to the Voyageur Winter Carnival to ride a hovercraft?

Yes, admission passes must be bought prior to purchasing hovercraft tickets.

When do I need to arrive?

Hovercraft tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis starting at 11:00am each day. After having purchased tickets, you must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time with your ticket(s). 

What if I miss my scheduled time?

Tickets are non-refundable. Visitors must arrive 15 minutes prior their scheduled time.

How many people per ride?

The hovercrafts fit 3 people at a time.

Do you take credit card?

Hovercraft Rides will be cash only. ATM's are available on site.

Where are the Hovercraft rides?

On the Kaministiquia River at Fort William Historical Park. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

  1. No loose objects are to be brought onto the hovercraft (i.e., pens, coins, long scarfs, glasses, cell phones, etc.); loose objects are at risk of making their way into the hovercraft fan.
  2. Please stay seated in hovercraft, no jumping around, standing, etc.
  3. Please be prepared for the occasional spray of snow and/or water while hovering and for high winds. Dress warm!

Access to the Site by Snow Machine & RV

  • Snow machines cannot park at the event
  • Entrance via the Kaministiquia River is not permitted
  • RV’s will not be permitted in the parking lot for overnight stay

Camping

  • Not available (summer season only)

Event Rules and Regulations

  • FWHP has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for violence
  • Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly
  • Pets are not allowed at this event
  • No hockey sticks

Bus Times

Check the City Transit to Neebing schedule here.

*Neebing bus does not run on Sundays or Statutory Holidays

The event is a go in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.


For more information about this event please call 807-473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Haunted Fort Night

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Come one, come all, to the Greatest Show... in Hell!

This fall, a carnival is coming to William's town. A group of travelling entertainers promising “the greatest show on earth” a menagerie of wonders collected from the darkest corners of the world, the beautiful… the exotic… the insane.

But behind the curtains, just beyond the lights, lies a horror no one in the village will ever forget.

From the darkest recesses of the human mind comes the Carnival of the Damned.

  • $15.00 per person
  • Tours start at 7pm nightly
  • Reservation required (late arrivals cannot be accommodated)
  • Recommended ages 12 and up
  • Tours run every 10 minutes
  • Maximum of 20 visitors per tour
  • Adult only tours also offered

On Sale Now! Call 473-2344 to reserve!

*ALL TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. THERE ARE NO RAINDATES. NO RESCHEDULING OF TOUR TIMES.

Ticket Prices

Adults/Seniors/Students/Youth: $15.00 (HST included)

Dates

Event Dates

October 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30

Event Times

October 6 to 23: 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm (22 tours per night)

October 27 to 30: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (25 tours per night)

*Recommended for ages 12 & up

New for 2016: Zombie Paintball Gallery Add-on Experience

Test your aim at moving zombie targets in this sniper-style paintball experience for $5.00.

  • Tickets can be purchased at the Admissions counter (debit, credit and cash accepted) or at the BBQ located outside of the Visitor’s Centre (CASH ONLY)
  • Haunted Fort Night reservations do not need to be made to participate
  • Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis

*This is a supplementary experience to Haunted Fort Night and not included in Haunted Fort Night ticket pricing.

FAQ

When do tickets go on sale?

  • September 6th

Where do I purchase tickets?

Tickets may be purchased at the Visitors Centre or by calling Admissions at 473-2344. If tickets are ordered over the phone you can pick them up on the day of the event or prior to the event in the Visitor Center.

What are the tour sizes?

Tour group sizes are 20 people.

What arrival time is recommended?

10 minutes prior to tour time is recommended.

Unfortunately, any late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Tour times will leave on scheduled times. Refunds for late arrivals are not available. Joining a tour part way through due to a late arrival is unfortunately not an option.

Will there be flashing lights and loud noises?

Yes, there will be flashing lights and loud noises throughout the tour. Haunted Fort Night is not recommended for individuals with sensitivities to flashing lights and loud noises.

Is there a group rate?

Unfortunately, there is no group rate - tickets are sold individually.

What does an ‘Adult Only (18+) Tours’ mean?

Adult only tours are reserved for adults 18 years of age or older only. If a participant under the age of 18 has purchased a ticket for this tour, they will not be allowed to join the tour.

What time do adult tours take place?

  • 8:30pm, 8:40pm, 10:20pm, & 10:30pm

Will the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory be open during the HFN event?

No, it will be closed for the month of October and November, and will reopen Fridays and Saturdays in December.

What to bring:

  • Dress weather appropriate (hat, mitts, sweaters/jackets, etc.)
  • Cash (ATM in Visitor Centre)

Is there food or beverage available?

  • Upon arrival or departure the Visitor Center will be selling small snacks & beverages
  • During your 1.5 hour tour there is an intermission where visitors will be provided with hot chocolate and cookies
  • No outside food or beverage allowed on festival grounds

Event Rules and Regulations

  • No late arrivals will be accepted – tours must run on scheduled times to accommodate all tours groups
  • PETS are NOT ALLOWED at this event
  • Cell phones or flashlights are not allowed – this takes away from the experience for others
  • Drugs and alcohol are not permitted

*ALL TICKETS ARE NON REFUNDABLE. THERE ARE NO RAINDATES. NO RESCHEDULING OF TOUR TIMES.

Note: The event is a go in all weather conditions

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Become a Volunteer!

Help make Fort William Historical Park the most terrifying place this October by volunteering at Haunted Fort Night!

  • Contact us before September 25th (applications after September 25th will be accepted on a case by case basis)
  • Orientation is September 25th from 1pm to 4pm
  • All costumes, makeup and training will be provided
  • Click here for a copy of the Volunteer Waiver Release Form

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 473-2344 to volunteer!

 

Fort Under Siege

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Have a blast with the whole family!

Fort under Siege is one of the most epic events of the year and represents one of the most dramatic chapters in Canadian history!

“The Fort Under Siege” recreates the epic confrontation between two mighty rivals, the North West Company of Montreal and the Hudson’s Bay Company of England.  Their violent struggle to dominate the Fur Trade in North America changed the course of Canada’s history forever.

The Highlight of the day takes place when Hudson’s Bay Company forces lead by Lord Selkirk, prominent shareholder of the Hudson’s Bay Company; approach Fort William by land and water signalled by cannon fire and the howl of approaching soldiers.  His arrival is a result of the North West Company’s suspected involvement in the massacre of HBC colonists on the Red River. 

Will Selkirk take his revenge on the inhabitants of Fort William in retaliation for the death of his settlers?

Event Date and Times

  • Saturday, August 20, 2016; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 21, 2016; 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Ticket Prices

  • Adult - $14.00
  • Senior - $12.00
  • Student age 13–18 - $12.00
  • Youth age 6–12 - $10.00
  • Children age 5 & under - FREE!

*All prices are admission for one day and HST not included.

Schedule of Events

10:00am

Boucher’s Tavern: Visit the Soldiers in their Camp

  • Meet former members of the de Meuron and de Watteville regiments raised in Switzerland who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. These are the forces that now threaten the very survival of Fort William.

12:00am

Great Hall: Join in the Emergency Meeting of the North West Company Partners

  • Lord Selkirk is at the very gates of Fort William! Join the partners of the North West Company as they plan the defence of the Fort.

12:15pm

Wintering House: Watch the Nor’Westers Burn Evidence

  • William McGillivray orders the destruction of any potentially incriminating evidence. What do the Nor’Westers have to hide?

12:30

Powder Magazine to Farm: Help Hide Muskets and Powder

  • There are some who feel that armed resistance is the only option against Selkirk, but not everyone agrees. What do you think?

1:30pm

Anishinaabe Encampment: Council of War

  • Members of the Ojibwa community meet to discuss their response to the apparent encroachment on their territory.

2:00pm

Wharf: Witness the Arrival of Selkirk and his Forces

  • A cannon shot announces the dreaded arrival of Selkirk and his forces. Will the inhabitants of Fort William pay the ultimate price?

2:00pm

Main Square: McGillivray Arrested

Assassination Attempt

  • There are some who believe that armed resistance is their only option. An attempt against the life of Selkirk is foiled. What will be the result?

Surgery

  • Witness Selkirk’s surgeon save the life of his would be assassin.

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Will the Blacksmith Betray the Company?

  • Alexander Fraser knows about the NW Co.’s involvement in the Red River, and willingly tells all to Selkirk and his constable McNabb.

A Plot Exposed

  • A Fort Wide search reveals hidden weapons and evidence.

3:00pm

Farm: Military Battlefield Demonstration

  • Come witness how Selkirk uses his military force to intimidate the inhabitants of Fort William.

4:00pm

Taitt’s House: Watch as Mrs. McKenzie Holds Her Own

  • Faced with eviction after being promised a safe haven by Selkirk, Mrs. McKenzie does what she must to protect herself and her children.

Family Activities

Time TBA: Paddle a Canoe: The Wharf

  • Ever wondered what it was like to be a voyager? Now you can find out! Learn how to paddle a voyageur canoe and spy on the Forces of Lord Selkirk.

Time TBA: Kids Sign-up and Craft: Provision Stores

  • Kids can sign-up to join the forces of either The HBC or the NWC.

Time TBA: Axe Throwing: Trades Square

  • Test your skill by learning how to throw an axe.

Time TBA: Kids Drill: Trades Square

  • Learn how to march like a real soldier.

FAQ

Food and Beverage

Food and drink will be available for sale at the Cantine. Outside food and beverage are not allowed. In the event of a patron with dietary restrictions (i.e. allergies, etc.), please contact the Visitor Experiences Coordinator at 473-2357 to make alternate arrangements prior to the event.

What to Bring

  • Bug spray, sun screen
  • Cash $$$
  • ATM available in Visitor Centre

What NOT to Bring

  • Any alcohol, weapons (not approved by FWHP), drugs, etc.
  • Pets are not allowed at the event (only at the campground)

RV & Tent Camping

  • $35.00(+HST) for a site with Power
  • $25.00(+HST) for a site without Power
  • Festival admission is separate from campsite fees
  • Contact Reservations for campsite bookings at 807-473-2344

Volunteering

Event Rules and Regulations

  • Fort William Historical Park has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for violence Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly.

Access and Transportation

  • Cyclists are welcome, bike racks will be available
  • Boats cannot dock at the event. There is no admissions entrance via the Kaministiquia River
  • RV’s are only permitted in the registered campground with a camping permit and campsite. RV’s will not be permitted in the parking lot for overnight stay
  • There is no shuttle service to Fort William Historical Park for the event.
  • Free parking at Fort William Historical Park
  • For bus times check local listings: http://www.thunderbay.ca/Assets/Living/Transit/Schedules/04+Neebing+Aug3015.pdf

Weather Cancellation?

The event is a go even in rain; extreme weather may cause some activities to be shifted later in the schedule or cancelled.

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Canada Day Celebration

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Come and celebrate Canada Day at Fort William Historical Park!

July 1 from 10am to 5pm

Event Activities:

  • Canoe Rides
  • Wagon Rides
  • Bouncy Castles (some height restrictions apply)
  • Carnival Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • FREE Canada Day Birthday Cake
  • Crafts
  • Children’s activities
  • Science Station
  • Farm activities
  • Canada Pride Station:
    • Face Painting
    • Tattoos & Stickers
  • Show off your Canada pride by wearing red & white!
  • Win prizes in the Canada Contests:
    • The Great Canadian Obstacle Challenge
    • 91.5 CKPR Canada Day Cotton Candy Contest
    • Log Sawing
    • Potato Sack
    • Family Pride
  • Outdoor Games
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Historic Buildings and Characters
  • Meet Willy our mascot
  • Food & Beverage 
  • Free parking
  • It's a fun day for the whole family, rain or shine!

For more information about this event please call 807-473-2344. Cash, credit cards, debit cards accepted.

Admission

  • Adult $10.00
  • Senior $8.00
  • Student $8.00
  • Youth $8.00
  • Child 5 and under FREE!

*All prices are including HST

Entertainers

12:15 – 1:15 James Boraski Trio
1:30 – 2:30 Morning Light Acoustic
2:45 – 3:45 Outside the Lines
4:00 – 4:45 Ukkonen

Canada Contests

  • 11:30am Log Sawing - Main Square
  • 12:00pm 91.5 CKPR Canada Day Cotton Candy Contest - Main Square
  • 1:15pm Potato Sack Races - Main Square
  • 3:15pm The Great Canadian Obstacle Challenge - Canoe Yard
  • 3:45pm Canada Pride - Main Square

Historic Re-enactments

  • 2:20pm Grand Arrival - Wharf
  • 2:25pm Singing of O’ Canada - Main Square
  • 2:30pm–3:00pm Canada Day Cake - Main Square

Hey Campers & RV-ers!

Why not stay at the Fort for the night or maybe the whole weekend? We've been developing our campground over the past few years and it's grown into something we're sure you'll like! So bring your family along with your tents or RV and enjoy an exciting night of family fun and entertainment! Fort William Historical Park offers many great options for campers such as FREE wi-fi, canoe and kayak rentals, or old favourites such as chatting around a bonfire or simply roasting a few marshmallows over the fire. Relax and enjoy yourselves at the World's Largest Fur Trade Post.

There’s more! Enjoy full-service RV camping. Nightly fees are $25.00 for non-serviced sites and $35.00 for serviced sites (plus HST). Serviced campsites include 20/30 amp and 50-amp capability with direct water hook-up. Amenities include fresh water access, toilets and showers, and refuse.

Admission to historic Fort William or to special events is separate from campsite fees. Please contact the Fort for bookings - (807) 473-2344.

Access and Transportation

Docking or tie ups for boats and canoes from the Kaministiqua River is not available for this event. Please use Admissions in the Visitor Centre for site access.

RV’s are only permitted in the registered campground with a camping permit. RV’s may only be parked in the main parking lots for day visitors. 

Bus Times

Check local listings here.

We hope to see you here for Canada's Birthday!

FAQ

The event is a go even in rain. Extreme weather may have some entertainment or activities shifted to later in the schedule or cancelled.

  • There is no shuttle service for the event from any point in the city.
  • There is no fee for parking at Fort William Historical Park.
  • Food and drink will be available for sale in our Cantine and outside BBQ. Outside food and beverages are not allowed (in the event of a patron with allergies please have them contact events at 473-2357 prior to the event to make alternate arrangements).
  • Pets are not allowed at the event (campground only).
  • Smoking is allowed outside of the palisade walls.

What to Bring

  • Bug spray, sunscreen.
  • $$$$CASH – ATM available in Visitor’s Centre only

What NOT to Bring

  • Any alcohol, weapons, drugs etc.

Access to the Site/Bikes/Boats/RV’s

  • Cyclists are welcome, bike racks will be available.
  • Boats cannot dock at the event. There is no admissions entrance via the Kaministiquia River.
  • RV’s are only permitted in the registered campground with a camping permit and campsite. RV’s will not be permitted in the parking lot for overnight stay.

Camping

  • $35.00(+HST) for a site with power.
  • $25.00(+HST) for a site without power.
  • Admission is separate from camp site fees.
  • See Reservations for bookings: 473-2344.

Event Rules and Regulations

Fort William Historical Park has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for violence. Any patron found to be in contravention with the rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly.

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