Tracks, Skulls & Fur

What are the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores? Find out by examining up close, the tracks, skulls and fur of the beaver, bobcat, wolf, bear and other mammals from our region. What do these clues tell you about the animal’s habitat, anatomy and eating habits? Plaster cast examples of their tracks will be made to take back to the classroom.

Grade 1+

  • Science & Technology - Growth & Changes in Animals


  • 1.5 hours, $6.00 / student

Fur Trade History

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Fort William and the North American fur trade? This list is a useful resource for anyone requiring detailed information. Explore selected topics or gain a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating period in North American history with this convenient research tool. Happy reading!

To view a sample of our suggested readings online, please click HERE.


Black, Arthur.  Old Fort William:  Not the definitive, authorised, shrink-proof, cling-free story...  Illustrations by Greg Zelinski.  Thunder Bay:  Old Fort William Volunteer Association, 1985
A whimsical, accurate account of the Reconstructed Fort.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins.  The North West Company.  With foreword by Hugh MacLennan.  Vancouver, Toronto:  Douglas & McIntyre, 1973, 1983.

Campbell, Susan.  Fort William:  Living and Working at the Post.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  The Fort's daily life and culture before and after 1821.

Cloutier, Jean-Pierre.  Fort William:  Food-Related Artifacts.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  An analysis of the flora and fauna remains as well as the artifacts related to cooking and eating found at the Site of the Original Fort William.

Durnford, Hugh, ed.  Heritage of Canada.  The Reader's Association (Canada) Ltd., 1978.
Includes "Shrewd Scottish Peddlers & Tireless Voyageurs", as well as many photographs of Old Fort William.

Halloran, Joan.  "Wooden Fort of the Early Northwest:  Fort William".  APT, Vol. VI No.2, 1974, pp. 39-81. The Historical Basis for the Reconstruction Project.

MacKay, Corday.  "The Great Rendezvous, Kaministikwia - Fort William".  Canadian Geographical Journal, January 1948.

Wallace, W. Stewart.  "Fort William of the Fur Trade".  The Beaver, December 1949,
pp. 16-19.

Young, Gregg A.  "The Organization of the Transfer of Furs at Fort William:  A Study in Historical Geography".  Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society - Papers and Records, 1974.

* All above references are housed in the Library of Fort William Historical Park.

For more information on the Canadian Fur Trade please visit the following websites:

Marianopolis College - History of the Fur Trade in Canada 

Public Archives of Ontario - David Thompson 

Winter Voyageur Challenge

The Fort’s proprietor has a challenge: can you survive as a voyageur in the winter? Students, teachers, and parent volunteers will enjoy outdoor activities and educational games celebrating our great Canadian winter. Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate!

Grades 3+ 

  • Social Studies
  • Health and Physical Education


  • 2 hours, $6.00 / student
  • Maximum 100 students 

Walking Through Time

Step back in time and join one of the Fort’s inhabitants for a hands-on tour. Learn the fur trading business of the North West Company, visit the magnificent Great Hall, sit in a birch bark wigwam, or go to gaol! Customized tours highlighting specific themes are available.

Grades 2+

  • Social Studies
  • History
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Native Studies


  • 1.5 hours, $6.00 / student

Cooking With Chemistry

Cooking is a precise mix of chemistry and skill. Learn how to use the bake ovens to bake bread, regulate temperatures using different methods, such as oil or heat, and discover various ingredients used as leveling agents for cooking. All of these methods showcase science in a delicious way!

Grades 4-8

  • Science and Technology

Grades 9-12

  • Science
  • Math


  • 1.5 hours, $6.00 / student