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Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park features Fort William, one of North America’s largest living history sites, and the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, home to one of the largest publicly accessible telescopes in Central Canada. Fort William Historical Park also offers year-round festivals and events, an RV and tent campground, in-person, virtual and overnight education programs, and wedding and conference facilities.

Historic Site Guided Tours

Take a guided tour of Fort William led by one of its inhabitants. 

Plan Your Visit

An aerial view of the main square at Fort William Historical Park

Explore Fort William

Travel back in time to 1815 and discover Fort William. This is the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the world’s largest fur trading enterprise with posts stretching across North America. This is a place where cultures meet, and relationships are forged between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous newcomers. Come experience this unique place and time in history through the eyes of peoples past who lived and worked around Fort William!

A view of Fort William Historical Park's campground, with an RV in the foreground and the Kaministiquia River and a mountain in the background

Campground

Nestled on the banks of the scenic Kaministiquia River, the Fort William Historical Park Campground has plenty of room for RVs, trailers, and tents of all sizes. Northern Ontario’s beautiful summer nights make for an amazing camping experience the whole family will enjoy!

Education

Fort William Historical Park offers extraordinary educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Our cross-curricular education programs offer immersive experiential and sensory activities to engage your students in a memorable learning experience.

Day Camps

Fort William Historical Park’s March Break and Summer day camps offer your child the opportunity to experience a variety of fun and exciting activities.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Fort William Historical Park is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg of Anemki Wajiw (Thunder Mountain), Fort William First Nation, signatory to the Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850. We also recognize the historic and ongoing contributions of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Mikinaak Minis (Turtle Island, North America). We appreciate the privilege to share a part of their storied past on the lands that First Peoples have kept since time immemorial.

Upcoming Events

Canada Day

July 1, 2024

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Remember, learn and engage this Canada Day at Fort William Historical Park. Explore the Anishinaabe Encampment and Fort William for a day filled with family-friendly activities to learn about and celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. More details coming soon.

The Great Rendezvous

July 12-14, 2024

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hundreds of re-enactors from across North America converge to re-create the annual summer gathering held at Fort William over 200 years ago when it was the inland headquarters of the North West Company! The historic re-enactment will include artisan workshops and demonstrations, contests, a grand canoe arrival, and more! More details coming soon.

 

Registration is now open for people wishing to participate in the historic re-enactment. Registration is free and includes a period campsite on the historic site. The deadline to register is June 28, 2024. Contact us for the Registration Package.

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2024

10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Observe the Perseid Meteor Shower from the state of the art David Thompson Astronomical Observatory. Stay tuned for more information.

Anishinaabe Keeshigun

August 17, 2024

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

August 18, 2024

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free event

Celebrate First Nations culture at Fort William Historical Park! Join us for a free weekend filled with entertainment, hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight Anishinaabe culture, traditions, language, and technology. This year’s event will also include a Pow Wow highlighting regional dancers and drum groups, as well as a community feast. The community feast is will be after 5 p.m. on Saturday and is open to all visitors. More details coming soon.

Celtic Day

August 25, 2024

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free event

Join us for a Celtic celebration of culture, music, dance, hands-on activities, and great food! Featuring local pipe and drum bands, Highland dancers, and more. More details coming soon.

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