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“Everybody should visit”

Fort William Historical Park
Ranked #3 of 69 things to do in Thunder Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We don't really get anything like enough history in our schooling - but that is no excuse for not stopping in at the Fort if history is a part of your interests. If you are travelling with children, this is a must stop location. I have not visited the Fort since it opened, and now there is an excellent visitor centre that helps set up the experience for you so well. If it is "buggy", take the shuttle down to the Indian encampment in front of the Fort and begin your time travelling experience. Through the tour you will meet many students dressed up in costume and assuming a role from the Fort's early days. Ask them any questions and learn about the past. Some of it is not so different from today and some of it is massively different. An ironic option is the apps with plenty of information available through your device. Time travelling with a twist. We witnessed children arguing with traders on the price of a fur and for goods and having a whale of a time. The artisans told excellent stories as well as sharing information on various aspects of their skills. We saw some folk dancing and counted furs - finding out how they were packed for the long journey to Montréal and how much they weighed. The only sad part is that there were relatively few visitors to the site. it is a pity that more do not participate in one of our best historical Fort experiences. The pair of bald eagles circling the Fort were just an added bonus!

Thank John V
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Plan to spend at least three hours here. It was interesting to see the costumes and have people talk to you as if you were in the period. I had my 70 year old mom with me and she was done in before we really got to see everything. Note: Take the shuttle to the site if you have anyone with you that isn't used to doing a lot of walking. It just adds another 10 minutes of walking onto your visit.

Thank CranstC
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We learned so much about Canadian history and the fur trade and enjoyed every minute! Truly, we could have spent an entire day, if we had had the time. The guides are totally in period character the whole time and know so much that they were able to answer all our many questions. Isabel gave us a very personalized tour and did a great job. All of the guides were excellent, so don't pass them up to do it all by yourself. You will miss too much. The tours are short, so you'll have plenty time to wander on your own. The staff is actually doing the canoe building, tin smithing, baking and other work of a typical day in a fort in 1815. The restaurant is good, too!

Thank JonnaLee H
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We had a informative, fun visit. We had a quick tour with a guide, then explored on our own. They had a skirmish between the Hudson Bay Fur Traders and the Northwest Fur Company that was fun to watch. We wanted to take a canoe ride but ran out of time. I also had a two for one admission coupon from a tourist book which came in handy. Lots of great information.

Thank BethsGetaways
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We learnt a huge amount here about something we didn't know anything about before going. The site is big and can easily take a few hours to visit properly. It was very interesting and many of the guides were really informative and thorough and could answer all our questions.
One warning - it's a very interactive experience, in that the guides in costume try to make you join in in the historical fiction - if you find this awkward, you might not enjoy it as much...

Thank ardief
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