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“A look at the past.”
Review of Fort Whoop-Up

Fort Whoop-Up
Ranked #4 of 36 things to do in Lethbridge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fort Whoop-Up is a replica of an original fur trading fort built in the late 1800s. We explore the history, cultures, and traditions of the communities that lived in the region in the time the original Fort Whoop-Up was built and operated. We bring to life the experiences and lives of tribes, traders and more in this historic fort.
Reviewed 6 August 2013

This site offers the visitor a glimpse of the early pioneer days.
It is interesting and informative for people of all ages especially
since it acquaints one with our past.

Thank William C
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Great displays and re-enactments on special days. A good place to go on July 1. Saw a gun duel and learned how to make rope.

1  Thank Susan T
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

This exact replica of the original Fort, shows the visitor what life was like in the Western Canadian Prairies during the 1800's & earlier. Former living quarters & security Towers, complete with rifle holes, permit the mind to imagine the trials of survival in the primitive wilderness. The original Fort was built by American Traders from Ft. Benton in Montana. They used this trading post to swap "Whoop-Up Whiskey" for Furs, Jewelry, & other items of interest from the local "Blackfoot Tribe of Native Indians", thus resulting in a lawless society, which prompted the government of Upper Canada to found "The Royal Northwest Mounted Police"(now the Royal Canadian Mounted Police).The force was assembled in Fort Dufferin in Manitoba in 1873, arriving at Ft. Whoop-up in 1874 on horseback. Of the original 300 members, only 75 came to stay in the area. 150 turned back to Manitoba, whilst 75 travelled North along the South Saskatchewan River to Ft. Edmonton, & the remainder came West to Ft. Whoop-up, then further West to found Ft. Macleod(34 miles West) on the banks of the "Oldman River", where they founded the Headquarters for the force. The original Ft. Whoop-up was located 3.5 miles Southeast of Lethbridge on the banks of the river, however it burned to the ground in the 1800's, & it's replica tourist attraction was built at the present site by a local club. Three paddle wheelers used to travel from "Coal Bank's"(former name of Lethbridge area) to Medicine Hat(105 miles East), hauling Coal, Lumber, Passengers & other consumer goods, during "high water season". The names"SS MINOU", SS BARONESS, "SS ALBERTA". There was also two other smaller trading Forts in this area, known as Ft. Kipp, & Ft. Hamilton, which were also abandoned after the arrival of the Police Force. The arrival of the police force also made it possible for the Canadian Pacific Railway to lay trackage across the Prairies & thru the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Ocean.
The Government owned & operated Canadian National Railway, laid tracks west in the Northern part of Western Canada.

1  Thank STEPHEN F K K
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Visited this site on a Wednesday, when they have special "Indian Dancing" (2 performances). Well laid out museum, with descriptive panels/dioramas of the history surrounding this area's history. Very "modern" museum/presentation. Worth the visit!

1  Thank sovernet
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

This was a very nice stop. I would have like to spend more time listening to all of the recordings that they've offered in each room. They have spent a lot of time on this attraction, and it looks like they are still expanding and working to make it even better!!

1  Thank Anon177
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