Virtual Education Programs

 

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Fort William Historical Park's new Virtual Education Programs are now available for booking!

 

Below you will find descriptions, grade suitability, program length, and fees for our virtual education programs that will be offered. To make your reservation call (807) 473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Inaadiziwin (A Way of Life)

Learn about Anishinaabe life, including daily and seasonal routines and the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the fur trade in this virtual experience! Participants will discover items including building materials such as spruce root and birch bark, technologies such as the birch bark canoe and snowshoe, and foods such as berries, wild rice and maple sugar. Participants will learn about trading practices and how the knowledge and technologies shared by Indigenous Peoples with Europeans helped expand the fur trade across the North American Interior.

Grade Suitability: Grades 4-6

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost: $120

 

Fur Trade Survival in the Boreal Forest

Learn survival skills inspired by Indigenous Peoples and the Europeans who worked and lived in the boreal forest during the fur trade era. Discover how they used their natural surroundings to build shelter, harvest food, keep warm, and navigate the vast wilderness.

Grade Suitability: Grades 7-12

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost$120

 

Cosmic Journeys

Our vast universe has been a guiding force for cultures and explorers for centuries. Anishinaabe culture and storytelling is greatly influenced by the natural cycles of our solar system, and fur trade navigators, such as David Thompson, used the sun, stars and celestial bodies to create maps that would shape the borders of North America. Participants will join the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory astronomers as they demonstrate how the marvels of the Earth, solar system and the unknown influence our lives.

Grade Suitability: Grades 1-6

Program Length: 1 hour

Program Cost: $120

 

Tracks, Skulls and Furs

Come learn about the various animals by examining their tracks, skulls and furs! In this virtual program, participants will learn what animals drove the fur trade and what their pelts were used for. We will also use clues from animal tracks and skulls to learn about prey versus predatory animals and specific animal diets within the food chain. Supplies will also be dropped off at the school for the class to make their own animal prints!

Grade Suitability: Grades JK-3

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost: $120 + craft fee/per student

 

Fur Trade Explorers

Step back in time and join one of Fort William’s inhabitants for an interactive virtual tour of the Fort. Learn the business of the North West Company and visit some of the interesting places that made Fort William the hinge of a global empire! Customized tours highlighting specific themes can be requested.

Grade Suitability: Grades JK - 3

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program Cost: $120

 

COMING SOON: Indi-Genius

The Anishinaabe used many elements from the land to create tools for their survival and culture. In this virtual program, participants will discover some of the tools and technologies developed and used by Indigenous Peoples before European contact and learn the science behind creating these items. Participants will discover the many regionally available resources, engage in experiments including testing the tensile strength of natural cordage and manipulation of wood using heat and moisture, and learn about the uses of local sediments and minerals to create tools.

Program start date to be determined.

Grade Suitability: Grades 4 - 6

Program Length: 1 hour

Program Cost: $120

Programming Contact

For any questions regarding day camp activities, please contact Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) Admissions, (807) 473-2344.

Items to Bring to Camp

* Please label all articles of clothing and food containers.

Food

Please note that refrigeration, microwaves, and vending machines are not available.

  • Hearty bag lunch
  • Healthy snacks
  • Water Bottle

Clothing

  • Appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Indoor shoes or slippers
  • Extra socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Masks/Face Coverings (optional)

Mask Friendly

FWHP is a mask friendly space. If your child prefers to wear a face mask during the day camp, they are welcome to do so; however, masks/face coverings are not required.

Nut-Free Request

Other participants attending our day camps may have allergies to nuts and/or related products; we request that you do not send peanut or tree-nut food products with your child to camp. Although participants have been asked to refrain from bringing nuts and related products to our day camps, FWHP cannot guarantee that it is a nut-free environment.

Special Needs

If your child has special needs, details must be included on the Day Camp Registration Form. FWHP is unable to provide one-on-one supervision or specific medical support. If your child has a support person at school, you must provide one for the day camp. If you are unsure if our day camp is appropriate for your child, please call FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344.

Conduct Policy

FWHP aims to provide a safe environment where participants are free from bullying, discrimination, and stereotyping. If a participant exhibits disruptive behaviour, a warning and time-out will be used. If disruptive behaviour continues, the parent/guardian will be contacted for a discussion with the Day Camp Leader. FWHP reserves the right to remove children from the program whose disruptive behaviour cannot be resolved.

Registration & Payment

Registration must be received by 12 p.m. the Thursday prior to your chosen day camp. Payment must be made once the Day Camp Registration Form has been submitted by calling FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344, or in person at the Visitor Centre.

Please complete the Day Camp Registration Form.

 

If your child/children attending the day camp have any allergies that require the use of an EpiPen or AllerJect, download the Consent for Administration of an EpiPen or AllerJect in an Anaphylactic Emergency, and submit along with the Day Camp Registration Form.

Send by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send by mail:
Fort William Historical Park
Attn: Reservations & Sales Clerk
1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7K 1L7

Deposits, Refunds & Cancellation Policies

A 100% deposit is required to confirm a day camp reservation. Payment can be made by Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, or a cheque payable to “Minister of Finance.” Refund requests for deposits must be submitted in writing and will be refunded in full for cancellations 15 days or more in advance of the first day of the day camp or by 50% within 4 to 14 days. If a cancellation is made within 3 days, no refund will be made except for uncontrollable circumstances, and then only when the request for refund is approved by FWHP’s General Manager.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Children can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and picked up between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the FWHP Visitor Centre. Because several parents/guardians will be signing in/out their child at the same time, please allow additional time for this process to take place to ensure the safety of all children. For drop-offs and pick-ups outside of the designated times listed above, the Visitor Centre will be used as a drop-off and pick-up point.

Anyone dropping off or picking up children must follow these procedures:

  • Drop-off: Sign-in your child with the Day Camp Leader at the Visitor Centre.
  • Pick-up: Sign-out your child with the Day Camp Leader at the Visitor Centre. You will be asked to identify yourself and your child and provide the “family password” that you and your child will have selected and provided to FWHP to confirm the identity of the person picking up the child at the end of the day.

What if my child will be late or absent?

If you anticipate that your child will be absent, please call FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344.

If your child will be arriving late, please call FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344, to inform them of your arrival and wait outside the Visitor Centre for a FWHP employee who will escort your child to the Day Camp.

A world of opportunity to explore and learn awaits you at Fort William Historical Park year-round!

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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.

Discover our new Education Program Guide!

Step into the past and get connected to the people, ideas and artifacts of Fort William with unforgettable hands-on experiences that will motivate and inspire! Choose from our wide selection of programs or let us create a custom program just for you. Take an educational journey to the stars at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory! We offer quality educational experiences year-round that highlight the many wonders of space as well as our cultural heritage.

Our programs are designed to meet the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Indigenous Studies, focusing on Anishinaabe culture, traditions and language
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), from both Indigenous and European perspectives
  • Social studies, History and Geography
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical education, and
  • Food and nutrition.

Virtual and in-person programs are currently available. Request a booking online, call (807) 473-2344, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information or to make a booking. 

 

March Break Day Camps

March 13-17, 2023
$150 per child (HST included)
For youth ages 7 to 10

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

Download the Day Camp Registration Form

If your child/children attending the day camp have any allergies that require the use of an EpiPen or AllerJect, download the Consent for Administration of an EpiPen or AllerJect in an Anaphylactic Emergency, and submit along with the Day Camp Registration Form.

Registration & Payment 

Registration must be received by 12 p.m. the Thursday prior to your chosen day camp. Payment must be made once the Day Camp Registration Form has been submitted by calling FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344, or in person at the Visitor Centre. A 100% deposit is required to confirm a day camp reservation. Payment can be made by Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, or a cheque payable to “Minister of Finance.” Further details are available in the Day Camp Registration Form.

Send by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send by mail:
Fort William Historical Park
Attn: Reservations & Sales Clerk
1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7K 1L6


Summer Day Camps

Celebrate summer at Fort William Historical Park! Our new fun and exciting day camp themes will allow you to find the adventure that fits your child’s interests. Enjoy an experience you will never forget – travel back in time to Fort William in the 1800s, explore the historic Kaministiquia River by canoe, discover local plants and animals, visit the Anishinaabe Encampment, and more!

Download the Day Camp Registration Form

If your child/children attending the day camp have any allergies that require the use of an EpiPen or AllerJect, download the Consent for Administration of an EpiPen or AllerJect in an Anaphylactic Emergency, and submit along with the Day Camp Registration Form.

Day Camps:

  • Young Interpreter Program
    July 3-7 • Ages 12-14
    Discover what it takes to become a historic Fort William character from 1816! Learn in-depth skills for interpreting history, crafting various artisan items, interacting with visitors, and many more valuable skills. An assigned Fort William mentor will support you during this experiential journey.

  • Garden & Animal Adventures
    July 24-28 or August 21-25 • Ages 7-9
    Find out what it takes to run Fort William’s farm and garden! Learn how to care for the animals to keep them healthy and happy and try your hand at growing vegetables and herbs!

  • A Taste of History
    July 31-August 4 or August 14-18 • Ages 9-11
    Enjoy a delicious slice of history! Learn to cook new recipes and bake our famous bread alongside Fort William’s expert cooks and bakers. Discover French, Scottish and Anishinaabe dishes while learning about these cultures. All campers will receive their own aprons and cut-free gloves to take home!
  • Budding Geniuses
    August 8-11 • Ages 7-9
    Discover amazing historical and contemporary science, technology, engineering, and mathematic innovations! Travel back in time and learn about Indigenous innovations that helped fur traders survive this land and David Thompson’s work as an astronomer and cartographer. Then travel through hyperspace to discover modern science innovations, such as robotics and coding.

Registration & Payment 

Cost: $150 per child (HST included)

Registration must be received by 12 p.m. the Thursday prior to your chosen day camp. Payment must be made once the Day Camp Registration Form has been submitted by calling FWHP Admissions, (807) 473-2344, or in person at the Visitor Centre. A 100% deposit is required to confirm a day camp reservation. Payment can be made by Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, or a cheque payable to “Minister of Finance.” Further details are available in the Day Camp Registration Form.

Send by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Send by mail:
Fort William Historical Park
Attn: Reservations & Sales Clerk
1350 King Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7K 1L6