Program Listings

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Note: New 2022 Education Guide coming soon!

A complete list of programs, grade suitability, curriculum links, availability, and pricing can be found on pages 3-4 of the Education Program Guide. (Coming soon)

Education Programs

Children's Farm Life
Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Experience a day working on our farm, in our garden and with our farm animals, as the farmers share their knowledge about early 19th century farming.

Cooking with Chemistry
Cooking in the fur trade was the very essence of chemistry. Learn how bake ovens function, the cooking temperature of various foods, different cooking methods, such as oil and heat, and various ingredients, such as leavening agents. All showcase chemistry theories in delicious ways!

Constellation Discovery
Join us for a deep dive into outer space. Participants will enjoy a hands-on experience learning how to use our 8” Dobsonian telescopes to navigate the night sky and observe images of constellations. Study our meteorite collection and discover how and why they landed on Earth, all while learning about the major components of the solar system.

Cosmic Journeys
Anishinaabe culture and storytelling is greatly influenced by the natural cycles of our solar system, and David Thompson, a fur trade cartographer, used the sun, stars and other celestial bodies to create maps that would shape North America’s borders. Join our astronomers as they demonstrate how the marvels of the Earth, solar system and the unknown influence our lives.

David Thompson's Sun, Moon & Stars
Our vast universe has been a guiding force for cultures and explorers for centuries. David Thompson, a fur trade cartographer, used the sun, stars and other celestial bodies to create maps that would shape the borders of North America. Join our voyageur guides and fur trade astronomers as they demonstrate how the marvels of Earth, the solar system and the unknown influence our everyday lives.

Discover Early Settlers
Discover how the inhabitants of Fort William worked together and the special skills they needed to survive. After tracing the routes colonists took to different settlements in Upper Canada, students will work in groups to build their own frontier communities.

Energizing the World
Ensuring our way of life on Earth remains intact is no easy task. We must work globally to energize the world and think about a world without borders. Join us as we explore a green world that will revitalize the way we live. This experience will encourage students to think about new ways to create energy and how energy can be shared worldwide.

Ethnobotany: Wild Plants at Fort William
Explore the connections between Anishinaabe culture and the natural environment. Learn the important roles of plants in medicine, religious ceremonies, food, and shelter. Discover Indigenous perspectives about nature, biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

First Nations Skills & Technology
Discover Indigenous innovations that made life easier for 200 years ago. Examine various objects and tools used by Indigenous Peoples and Europeans, including a model birch bark canoe, baskets, snowshoes, tools, and raw materials.

First Nations Traditional Teachings
A unique cultural experience! Students will be immersed in the traditional and cultural practices of the Anishinaabe. Select from a menu of learning experiences that meet your curriculum requirements, including paddling canoes on the Kaministiquia River (May-June), making a traditional craft, learning about Anishinaabe material culture, exploring the forest for wild edibles and medicines, and preparing traditional foods preparation.

Furs of the Fur Trade
Discover the various animals that were important to the fur trade from the perspectives of the North West Company’s fur traders and the Anishinaabe hunters and trappers. Learn which furs were valued for fashion or winter survival, and why. Examine the skulls of these animals to learn about their anatomy, behaviours, diets, and habitats!

Fur Trade Dancing
Dancing has been an important part of cultures for thousands of years. Learn Anishinaabe, French-Canadian, and Scottish dances from the early 19th century, and the instruments and history of each type of dance.

Fur Trade Survival
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.

GPS Scavenger Hunt: History or Ecology Theme
Get introduced to Global Positioning System (GPS) and take on a field challenge. Using the provided GPS units, each team must locate waypoints, avoid decoys and correctly answer clues to complete the challenge.

Great Voyageur Challenge
The Fort’s proprietor has a challenge you! Take part in historic games, races and a tour of the Fort. Activities vary by season.

History at Your Fingertips
Examine sewing tools used by Indigenous Peoples before European contact. Barter for craft supplies at Fort William and create traditional crafts to take home. Craft choices include bead work, a dream catcher, a voyageur’s fie bag, a leather ball, and a small medicine bag.

History on the Menu
This hands-on culinary workshop is fun and informative! Learn about the diets of the Anishinaabe, Scottish and French-Canadians during the fur trade. Roll-up your sleeves and cook period recipes over an open fire or in the historic bake oven. At the end of the session, enjoy a sampling of all prepared recipes!

Inadiziwin (A Way of Life)
Learn about Anishinaabe life, including daily and seasonal routines and the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the fur trade. Discover building amterials, technologies and foods. Learn about trading practices and how the knowledge and technologies shared by Indigenous Peoples with Europeans helped expand the fur trade across North America.

Discover some of the tools and technologies developed and used by Indigenous Peoples before European contact and understand the science behind creating these items. Learn about 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.

Invisible Engergy
Energy is everywhere! The sun, wind and water all provide energy in different ways. Energy gives us everything our planet needs to grow and change. Join us for an energizing adventure as we generate different kinds of energy such as lightning bolts of electricity and become energy detectives to uncover energy is found and why.

Life in a Wigwam
Learn about Anishinaabe daily and seasonal cycles, including customs and rites of passage for adolescents. Examine domestic items, such as a tikinagan, tools and furs, before bartering for trade goods. As a parting gift, students will receive a sample of Labrador tea with brewing instructions.

Little Fur Traders: Anishinaabe or Voyageur Theme
Put your imagination to work! Follow in the footsteps of French-Canadian voyageurs or Indigenous Peoples as they lived 200 years ago. Explore Fort William, join in the daily activities and leave with a small gift of either glass beads or hat feathers.

Muskets & Cannons
In this popular workshop, students will learn about the role of black powder firearms in early Canada, learn how to collaboratively and safely discharge a cannon, and firing a flintlock musket. Please note, students must be 13 years of age or older to fire a cannon or musket.

Night Sky Storytelling
The solar system has impacted life on Earth for thousands of years. Anishinaabe traditions, stories and harvests are greatly influenced by the cycles of the Earth, moon and immediate solar system. Listen to Anishinaabe storytellers as they draw upon their culture to explain the mysterious cycles of creation, life and beyond, and the roles we all play in the universe. Following Anishinaabe cultural practices, this program is only available when snow is covering the ground.

Overnight Adventures
With so much to see, do and learn at Fort William Historical Park, consider an Overnight Adventure! Designed for Grades 4-12, we offer four Overnight Adventure themes – Astronomy, Indigenous, Voyager, and Winter ¬– which meet a variety of curriculum topics. Staying for one night, choose one theme; staying for two or more nights, select multiple program themes. We can also work with you to create a custom overnight program for your students.

Paddling through Time
Embark on an unforgettable adventure on the historic Kaministiquia River in our replica birch bark canoes, guided by our expert canoeists. Learn voyageur songs and paddling techniques while enjoying this highly physical activity.

Playing with Time
It was “work hard, play hard” during the fur trade. Learn the history and importance of recreation and leisure activities by participating in various games from Anishinaabe, French-Canadian and Scottish cultures.

Simple Machines
Discover the machines that advanced life in 1800s and how these devices have evolved over time. Investigate how simple machines and tools use force and reduced friction to move heavy objects. Have fun using wheels, levers, pulleys, and screws to move different objects.

Examine different styles of snowshoes and their design features. Then strap on a pair and try out this common form of winter transportation invented by Indigenous Peoples. Complimentary hot chocolate included.

Stars through the Ages
Learn about astronomy as it was 200 years ago, then vault forward in time to unlock the wonders of contemporary stargazing! Join a voyageur guide and present-day astronomer to study stars through time and discover how these celestial bodies continue to teach us about the universe. Using the 20” CDK telescope, students will learn how to observe celestial objects, identify their characteristics and take specialized notes to help classify these stars.

Sunlight: Making our World Bright
The Sun and the energy it radiates form the basis for all life on earth. Discover how the sun affects life at Fort William, from effecting the change in seasons and food availability to telling time and navigating the continent! Students will use the hydrogen alpha solar telescopes to safely view the sun while looking for sunspots, solar flares and movement on the sun’s surface.

The Circle of Anishinaabe Life
This experience introduces students to the Anishinaabe, who they are, their importance in history, and their way of life. This program focuses on the use of music and food to welcome students to the Anishinaabe encampment and their way of life.

The Green Future
The future looks green! Creative minds around the planet are working every day to create new and renewable means of energy. Join them in creating a sustainable future for our planet. Create steam, wind, water, and heat powered devices where your own imagination is the most important tool.

Walking through Time
Step back in time and explore Fort William in this interactive tour. 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 at the time of booking.