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