FW Historic Site

NOTE: Due to the extreme cold weather warning, the 11 a.m. tour for February 3, 2023, is cancelled.

Welcome to Fort William Historical Park!

Fort William Historical Park features Fort William, one of the largest living history sites in North America. Travel back in time to the 1800s and experience history through the eyes of peoples past. Explore Fort William, the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the world’s largest fur trading enterprise. Alive with the hustle and bustle of an active fur trade post, you may encounter voyageurs loading out furs, farmers working in gardens, artisans building canoes, and more! Visit the nearby encampment learn about their traditional lifestyle, culture and heritage of the Anishinaabe, the region’s Indigenous people.

 

Fort William Historical Park also features night sky and solar viewing at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, a campground, canoe and kayak rentals, a variety of special events year-round, summer day camps, in-person and virtual education programs, and a variety of wedding and conference facilities.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon! Call (807) 473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

 

A note to our visitors: Beginning November 11, 2022, we will reopen the King Road entrance and close the Broadway Avenue entrance for the winter months.


Whats New - VWC 2023

 

Voyageur Winter Carnival

 

February 18-20 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Join us at Fort William Historical Park for Voyageur Winter Carnival this Family Day Weekend! Come out and enjoy plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities, including sledding and tubing hills, winter games and contests, visiting the farm animals, and much more!


2017 Whats New Banners - Explore the Stars

Night Sky Programs at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

Indigenous Night Sky Storytelling • February 2nd, 16th and 23rd • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Indigenous spirituality, traditions, stories, and seasonal rounds are influenced by all of creation, including the Earth, Moon and stars. With the sacred blanket of snow covering the land, it is time to share the stories of the night sky and creation. Experience the richness and wonderment of the night sky through Anishinaabe stories and traditional teachings.


Whats New - MBDC 2023

March Break Day Camp

March 13-17 • For youth ages 7 to 10

Campers will enjoy fun and exciting activities, including outdoor adventures, games, crafts, and traditional Indigenous activities. Registration required.


Fort William Historical Park's 50th Anniversary 

Throughout 2023 we'll be hosting a variety of programs and activities for this landmark event. Stay tuned for more details.

Great Rendezvous Celebration • July 8-16, 2023

Enjoy a variety of exciting programs and activities that celebrate the people who helped build Fort William Historical Park and its fur trade history, culminating in a weekend re-enactment.

Great Rendezvous Historic Re-enactment • July 14-16, 2023

Rendezvous is a re-creation of the annual summer gathering held at Fort William over 200 years ago when it was the inland headquarters of the North West Company, which, at the time was the world's largest fur trading enterprise with posts stretching across North America.

Registration package coming soon.


Land Acknowledgement

Fort William Historical Park respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional lands of Fort William First Nation, Anemki Wajiw (Thunderbird Mountain, also known as Mount McKay), located on the Western Shores of Gichigami (Lake Superior), signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. We also recognize the contributions of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Turtle Island (North America).


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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in conjunction with the industry, including the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO), has created a self-certified Safe Travel Stamp based on worldwide industry protocols to allow travellers to recognise destinations around the world which have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers can experience 'Safe Travels’.