What to Expect When Visiting Fort William

Welcome back!

Following the announcement from the Government of Ontario that the province entered Step 2 of its Roadmap to Reopen, we’re pleased to announce that Fort William Historical Park reopened to the public on June 30, 2021.

Please keep in mind that your upcoming visit will be different than those in the past as we continue to adapt to the new health and safety realties presented by COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these times.

The construction of our new access road is well underway, however it is not open for public use at this time. Please continue to use King Road to access Fort William Historical Park. 

We look forward to seeing you soon at Fort William Historical Park!

Programs & Services Currently Available

Fort William Historical Park is implementing a phased approach to reopening which is aligned with public health measures and recommendations, and the Government of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. As we move forward through the stages of the roadmap, Fort William Historical Park will be able to re-evaluate what programs and services it is able to provide visitors. Programs and services are subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic situation is constantly evolving.

For more information please call (807) 473-2344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

 

  • Visitor Centre, Admissions & Gift Shop

  • Visitor transportation (by request)

  • Watercraft Launch

  • Fort William Historic Site
    • Self-guided tours of Fort William’s beautiful outdoor setting
    • Scheduled activities (weather permitting):
      - 11:00am Storytelling
      - 2:30pm Cannon Firing & Trade
    • Visitors will be able to use their smart phones and tablets to access our high-definition, live action videos available in English, French and Oji-Cree via our QR code signage located across the historic site.
    • Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, access to building interiors and certain activities are restricted.
    • We are delighted to announce that the farm animals have returned!

 Open 7 days a week

  • Campground - Serviced Sites
    • At this time, washroom and shower facilities for the campground, and non-serviced sites and RV rentals are currently unavailable.

  • Facility Rentals, Weddings, Conferences & Meetings

New Safety Measures & Guidelines

Fort William Historical Park remains committed to the health and well-being of our community, visitors, employees, and animals.We have implemented appropriate measures that follow government guidelines to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include physical distancing, reduced visitor capacity, hand sanitizing stations, and increased frequency of cleaning high traffic areas such as bathrooms, handrails and door handles.

Please familiarize yourself with the following health and well-being measures prior to your visit:

  • All visitors entering Fort William Historical Park, including visitors who have been partially or fully vaccinated, should be actively screening themselves for COVID-19.
  • All visitors, including those who have been partially or fully vaccinated, will be required to:
    • Wear face masks or face covering when indoors or when within 2 meters (6 feet) any other person who is not a member of the same household;
    • Provide contact information for the purpose of contact tracing;
    • Answer screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms as per Ministry of Health guidelines;
    • Use hand sanitizer upon arrival at Fort William Historical Park. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility; and
    • Be mindful and maintain physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) when at the Fort William Historical Park.
  • Mandatory Masking in Indoor Public Spaces
    • All visitors to Fort William Historical Park will be required to provide their own face covering or mask and wear the face covering or mask when entering any of our indoor spaces. This includes the Visitor Centre, all buildings on the historic site, Cantine Restaurant, washrooms and the Administration Building.
    • Under instructions issued by the Medical Officer of Health all businesses and organizations in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit must adopt a policy that requires all members of the public and employees who enter or remain in an enclosed public space to wear a mask or face covering. This policy was effective July 24, 2020.
    • For further information and exemptions visit Mandatory Mask Directive for Businesses (Thunder Bay District Health Unit)

The following programs and services are currently unavailable:

  • Bike Locker Rentals
  • Campground & RV Rentals
  • Canoe & Kayak Rentals
  • Cantine Restaurant
  • David Thompson Astronomical Observatory
  • Education & Overnight Programs
  • Heritage Artisan Workshops
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Visitor Costume Rentals

Hours of Operation & Rates

Thank you for your interest in Fort William Historical Park!

The construction of our new access road is well underway, however it is not open for public use at this time. Please continue to use King Road to access Fort William Historical Park. Thank you.


Explore Fort William

Step back in time to 1816 and experience the Canadian fur trade at Fort William, the magnificent inland headquarters of the North West Company. Discover Fort William’s beautiful outdoor setting and use your smart phone and tablet to access our high-definition, live action videos available in English, French and Oji-Cree via our QR code signage located across the historic site. We are pleased to announce that the farm animals have returned!

Hours: We are currently open Monday through Friday offering guided tours only. Please call (807) 473-2344 for tour times. 

Admission: $5.00 per Person • Youth ages 12 and under are free


David Thompson Astronomical Observatory

Star Walks return to the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory this December! Please call (807) 473-2344 to reserve your tickets.

The Mystery of the Star of Bethlehem
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 astronomers as your guides, travel into the past to discover the most popular theories about the origin of the Star of Bethlehem. A perfect activity for the holiday season! Please arrive at least 10-15 min. before the program start time.

Dates: Friday, December 3, 10 & 17, 2021

Admission: $10 per Adult • $8 per Student, Senior & Youth • Children 5 & Under are Free (HST is included)

Visit the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory for more information about our programs and David Thompson.


Campground

The campground is now closed for the season. Visit RV & Tent Campgrounds for more information about our campground and available amenities.


We look forward to seeing you soon!

For further information and updates about our programs and services on park offerings, group rates and season passes, please call or email our Visitor Centre at (807) 473-2344 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information about Fort William Historical Park’s available programs and services and COVID-19 health and safety measures, visit Visitor Experience, What to Expect.

  • All rates are subject to change. Prices do not include HST unless otherwise noted.
    • Youth (6-12) / Student (13+ with student ID) / Senior (60+)
  • Offered Year-Round
  • Fort William Historical Park offers a fair exchange rate on the U.S. dollar
    • Call (807) 473-2344 for today's exchange rate