Welcome to Fort William Historical Park

In addition to featuring an accurate re-creation of the fur trade era inland headquarters of the North West Company, Fort William Historical Park is also home to the state-of-the-art David Thompson Astronomical Observatory and one of the largest 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 educational programs, and wedding and conference facilities.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

For information and updates about our programs and services, call (807) 473-2344, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , find us on Facebook and Instagram @FortWilliamHP, or sign-up for our e-newsletter.


Discover Fort William

The year is 1815, and the place is Fort William. This is the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the world’s largest fur trading enterprise. It's a place where cultures meet, and relationships are forged between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous newcomers. Fort William stands on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Indigenous people who have lived in harmony with the land for generations, and whose traditions, technologies and customs reflect their relationships with the forests, rivers and animals around them. The Anishinaabe share their invaluable knowledge and skills with their European partners and trade furs for European goods. Each summer, French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish businessmen, Indigenous Peoples, and others from around the world gather at Fort William for the Great Rendezvous to discuss business, share news and renew friendships. Experience this unique place and time in Canadian history through the eyes of people who lived and worked around Fort William in the 1800s.

Guided Tours (Friday, December 1 through Thursday, February 29, 2024)

Guided tours are only available when reserved in advance. Self-guided tours are not available. Please call (807) 473-2344 to book your tour.

Admission (+HST): $11 per person, Children 5 & under are free


A note to our visitors

Effective October 30, the Broadway Avenue entrance will be closed for the winter until May 1, 2024. Please use the King Road entrance during this time.

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Voyageur Winter Carnival

February 17 and 18, 2024 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Celebrate the world of winter sports and games with a magical blend of traditional carnival fun. Embrace the outdoors with sliding and snow snake, then roll through our Zorb ball snow track! Meet local artisans showcasing their traditional skills in wood carving, snowshoe weaving, sash weaving, and more! Warm-up in the Cozy Corner Café with tea and cookie samples or visit the craft station to make something beautiful. Enjoy live musical performances by local musicians and join our historical interpreters in voyageur songs and dances. Fort William Historical Park’s Voyageur Winter Carnival is the perfect place for families and friends to share in the joy of play and embrace the magic of the winter season this February 17 and 18, 2024..


Cultural Constellations

February 2, 9 & 23, 2024
Fridays, 7 to 9 p.m.
David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

Many different nations have unique perspectives on the shapes in the night sky! Join us on Fridays this February as we compare Anishinaabe and European constellations, and weather permitting, see some of these constellations for yourself through our fleet of telescopes!


March Break Day Camps

March 11 to 15, 2024

Register today for Fort William Historical Park’s March Break Day Camp and Astronomy Camp! Campers will enjoy an array of fun and exciting activities including snowshoeing, scavenger hunts, fur trade and traditional Indigenous activities, science experiments, and crafts. Call (807) 473-2344 for more information.


Fur Trade Fort William: A Timeline through Art

October 2023 through March 2024
Tuesday to Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Thunder Bay Museum, 425 Donald Street East

In celebration of 50 years of bringing life to history as a provincial attraction, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP), in partnership with the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, presents 45 works of art executed by 20 different artists assembled from 12 collections. Curated by Shawn Patterson, FWHP Collections Team Leader, and will be available for viewing from October 2023 to March 2024. This exhibit captures the vibrancy, bustle and inhabitants in and around Fort William throughout the 1800s.


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.


Canadian Signature Experience

Officially curated, the Canadian Signature Experiences are once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. They are offered by Canadians who are passionate about sharing their part of the country with you. 

 

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