FW Historic Site

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.

New Year's Eve Family Frolic


Banner for New Year's Eve Family Frolic event at Fort William Historical Park

Saturday, December 31 • 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ring in the new year and help kick-off Fort William Historical Park's 50th anniversary at New Year's Eve Family Frolic! Enjoy an evening filled with a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Fort William Historical Park will be celebrating 50 years of bring life to history in 2023! 

Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem

Banner for Star of Bethlehem astronomy program at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

Friday, December 2 and 9 & Thursday, December 15 • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The origin of the Star of Bethlehem has been mystifying star gazers for millennia. What produced such a bright object in the night sky – a new star, a supernova or something else? With our programmers as your guides, discover the most popular theories about the origin of the Star of Bethlehem. 

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

Historic re-enactment participant packages will be available fall 2022. 


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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