50th AnniversaryCelebrate Fort William Historical Park's 50th Anniversary in 2023!

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

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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.

  • July 8-9: Celtic Days - Celebrate Fort William’s Scottish history and the broader Celtic culture.
  • July 10: Northern Nature - Explore Pointe de Meuron, fur trade natural history and up into the cosmos!
  • July 11: Farm & Food - Discover heritage farming and foodways and their ongoing significance.
  • July 12: Art & Music - A celebration of historic Fort William's art scene alongside Thunder Bay's contemporary art scene.
  • July 13-16: Great Rendezvous Historic Re-enactment - 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. During Rendezvous, French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish businessmen, Indigenous Peoples, and other from various places around the world would gather at Fort William to discuss business, share news and renew friendships.

    The historic re-enactment will include daily workshops, contests, arrival, and more! Stay tuned for our daily event schedule. Historic re-enactor camping will be available July 13-17, 2023. Registration package now available! The deadline to register is June 23, 2023. Registration is free this year.