Government of Canada

05/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/13/2019 13:25

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site officially open for visitor season

May 13, 2019 St. Andrew's, Manitoba Parks Canada Agency

Whether you're looking for adventure, fun educational activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs - and Lower Fort Garry is a National Historic Site that is sure to please.

Starting today, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is officially open for the 2019 visitor season.

Explore our legendary site and interact with our costumed guides, or indulge your senses on a tour or workshop. Lower Fort Garry's programs will immerse visitors in rich moments of Canadian history. Discover special site adventures such as our evening ghost tours, Stories at Sunset and Open Flame Beer-Making - all part of our exciting Friday Campfire Series. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Fort this summer, from youngest to wisest!

Once again, Lower Fort Garry will hold the second annual Métis Friendship Celebration on July 1. In addition to regular Canada Day activities at the Fort, like crafts and games, there will also be a variety of traditional Métis music, dancing, and activities for visitors to enjoy. Admission is free - and all are welcome!

Working in collaboration with our Indigenous partners, Parks Canada is proud to host the annual August 3rd Treaty No. 1 Commemoration at Lower Fort Garry. The event honours the making of Treaty No.1 nearly 150 years ago. All are invited to learn about treaties and the site's Indigenous history. And as always, admission to Lower Fort Garry will be free for all visitors on this day.

Parks Canada's places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada's places for youth aged 17 and under for the coming year. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada also continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada's national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada's staff at Lower Fort Garry are excited to welcome new and returning guests back to experience everything that the site has to offer.