McGillivray's Landing

Located in Fort William Historical Park’s Visitor Centre, McGillivray’s Landing can accommodate up to 500 people, making it ideal for conferences, conventions, trade shows, and wedding receptions. Fort William Historical Park has also been voted “Thunder Bay’s Best Wedding Venue” in The Walleye magazine’s Best of Thunder Bay reader’s survey, with McGillivray’s Landing being our most popular wedding venue!


McGillivray’s Landing has the flexibility to be divided into breakout rooms for smaller groups. Each equipped with its own sound system, the breakout rooms are divided by full height, sound proofed walls to ensure maximum privacy.

Elegant Table Setting
Patio tables set up outside McGillivray's Landing
The pond outside of McGillivray's Landing

The room’s natural décor is highlighted by a bank of full windows on three sides of the room that offer views of our picturesque wilderness surroundings. Your group can enjoy the breathtaking vistas by wandering outside onto our tiered deck. This impressive architectural structure wraps around half of the Visitor Centre, and provides a sweeping view of the outdoor courtyard, the Kaministiquia River and a picturesque pond complete with a 20-foot high fountain.


375 seated

500 reception


Standard Amenities:

  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Audio system serving all breakout rooms
  • Outdoor veranda with seating
  • Fully accessible washroom facilities
  • Hospitality Suite
  • Gift Shop
  • Free Parking
A side angle view of the Canot du Nord (North Canoe Shed) set up for a meeting with a center aisle and chairs in rows on either side facing a fireplace and podium

Canot du Nord

The Canot du Nord is located on the historic site and combines heritage architecture with a contemporary multi-purpose space that can be customized to suit your needs. The fireplace, wood panelled ceiling and tin lantern accent lighting provide a warm ambience that make the Canot du Nord ideal for bridal showers, weddings and smaller sized meetings. This barrier-free building also features accessible washrooms and extensive audio-visual capabilities to make your event a success.


80 seated

100 reception


  • 31 ft. 5 in. x 45 ft. 6 in.
  • Please contact us for floor plans.

Standard Amenities:

  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Audio system
  • Fully accessible washroom facilities

Bell House & East House

The Bell House and East House are centrally located on our historic site, making them perfect venues for retreats, group outings and children’s birthday parties. These charming facilities face Fort William’s Main Square.


Groups also have the option of staying overnight in these heritage buildings. Both structures have bunk beds in two separate sections to accommodate groups requiring a group split, as well as showers, washrooms, a common room and dining facilities. 


The Bell House also has a communal kitchen to accommodate full meal preparation. In addition, the main floors of the Bell House and East House have barrier free accessibility including one sleeping room.


Bell House:

Common room: 75

Overnight: 60

East House:

Common room: 60

Overnight: 48


  • Please contact us for floor plans and setup options.

Standard Amenities:

  • Overhead drop-down 5 ft. x 7 ft. video screen (Bell House only)
  • Communal kitchen (Bell House only)
  • Full washroom and shower facilities
  • Main floors of each building are fully accessible
  • Barrier free main floor sleeping quarters
  • Fully accessible washroom and shower facilities
The David Thompson Astronomical Observatory courtyard set up for a wedding

David Thompson Courtyard

The David Thompson Courtyard is a unique meeting and banqueting facility with a novel, astronomical flare. This barrier-free, contemporary facility can accommodate up to 70 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. The Courtyard’s unique setting is an ideal location to host a wedding, meeting, or group event.

When you host your event at the Courtyard, you and your guests will have access to our impressive outdoor living space. This gorgeous area features a 24-foot-long outdoor gas fireplace surrounded by comfortable, high-end luxury patio furniture. Our outdoor living space is perfect for any occasion, day or evening.


For a truly unique experience, consider adding one of our many astronomical programs to make your event out-of-this-world! Our trained astronomers will take your group on an engaging voyage throughout the cosmos using the observatory’s fleet of telescopes, or you can explore our intriguing meteorite collection.

White chairs arranged in rows on a greenspace
Chairs set up around an outdoor fireplace in the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory courtyard



60 seated

70 reception


200 seated

500 reception


Standard Amenities:

  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Large scale HD video screen
  • Audio system
  • Outdoor living space with gas fireplace and patio furniture
  • Fully accessible washroom facilities
  • Parking

Contact Us

To begin a reservation inquiry or for more information about hosting your event at Fort William Historical Park, please complete the form below and include as much detail as possible. We look forward to helping you plan your special event!

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