Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Experience a day working on our farm, in our garden and with our farm animals, as the farmers share their knowledge about 19th century farming.
Cooking in the fur trade was the very essence of chemistry. Learn how bake ovens function, the cooking temperature of various foods, different cooking methods, such as oil and heat, and various ingredients, such as leavening agents. All showcase chemistry in delicious ways!
Join us for a deep dive into outer space. Participants will enjoy a hands-on experience learning how to use our 8” Dobsonian telescopes to navigate the night sky and observe images of constellations. Study our meteorite collection and discover how and why they landed on Earth, all while learning about the major components of the solar system.
Anishinaabe culture and storytelling is greatly influenced by the natural cycles of our solar system, and David Thompson, a fur trade cartographer, used the sun, stars and other celestial bodies to create maps that would shape the borders of North America. Join our astronomers as they demonstrate how the marvels of the Earth, solar system and the unknown influence our lives.
David Thompson, a fur trade cartographer, used the sun, stars and other celestial bodies to create maps that would shape the borders of North America. Join our voyageur guides and fur trade astronomers as they demonstrate how the marvels of Earth, the solar system and the unknown influence our everyday lives.
Discover how the inhabitants of Fort William worked together and the special skills they needed to survive. After tracing the routes colonists took to different settlements in Upper Canada, students will work in groups to build their own frontier communities.
Ensuring our way of life on Earth remains intact is no easy task. We must work globally to energize the world and think about a world without borders. Join us as we explore a green world that will revitalize the way we live. This experience will encourage students to think of new ways to create energy and how energy can be shared worldwide.
Explore the connections between Anishinaabe culture and the natural environment. Learn about the important roles of plants in medicine, religious ceremonies, food, and shelter. Discover Indigenous perspectives on nature, biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
What did technology look like in the Fur Trade Era? Discover Indigenous innovations that made life easier 200 years ago. Examine various objects and tools used by Indigenous Peoples and Europeans, including a birch bark canoe, baskets, snowshoes, tools, and raw materials.
A unique cultural experience! Students will be immersed into the traditional and cultural practices of the Anishinaabe. Select from a menu of learning experiences that meet your curriculum requirements, including paddling canoes on the Kaministiquia (May-June), making a traditional craft, learning about Anishinaabe material culture, exploring the forest for wild edibles and medicines, and preparing traditional foods.
Discover the animals that were important to the fur trade from the perspectives of the North West Company’s fur traders and the Anishinaabe hunters and trappers. Learn which furs were valued for fashion or winter survival, and why. Examine the skulls of these animals to learn about their anatomy, behaviours, diets, and habitats!
Dancing has been an important part of cultures for thousands of years. Learn Anishinaabe, French-Canadian and Scottish dances from the early 19th century, and the instruments and history of each type of dance.
Learn survival skills inspired by Indigenous Peoples and the Europeans who worked and lived in the boreal forest during the Fur Trade Era. Discover how they used their natural surroundings to build shelter, harvest food, keep warm, and navigate the vast wilderness.
Get introduced to Global Positioning System (GPS) and take on a field challenge. Using the provided GPS units, each team must locate waypoints, avoid decoys and correctly answer clues to complete the challenge.
The Fort’s proprietor has a challenge for you! Take part in historic games, races and a tour of Fort William. Activities vary by season.
Examine sewing tools used by Indigenous Peoples before European contact. Barter for craft supplies at Fort William and create traditional crafts to take home. Craft choices include bead work, a dream catcher, a voyageur’s fire bag, a leather ball, and a small medicine bag.
This hands-on culinary workshop is fun and informative! Learn about the diets of the Anishinaabe, Europeans and French-Canadians during the fur trade. Roll-up your sleeves and cook period recipes over an open fire or in the historic bake oven. At the end of the session, enjoy a sampling of all prepared recipes!
Learn about Anishinaabe life, including daily and seasonal routines and the contributions of Indigenous Peoples to the fur trade. Discover building materials, technologies and foods. Learn about trading practices and how the knowledge and technologies shared by Indigenous Peoples with Europeans helped expand the fur trade across North America.
Discover some of the tools and technologies developed and used by Indigenous Peoples before European contact, and understand the science behind creating these items. Learn about the many regionally available resources, engage in experiments, including testing the tensile strength of natural cordage and manipulation of wood using heat and moisture, and learn about the uses of local sediments and minerals to create tools.
Energy is everywhere! The Sun, wind and water all provide energy in different ways. Energy gives us everything our planet needs to grow and change. Join us for an energizing adventure as we generate different kinds of energy such as lightning bolts of electricity, and become energy detectives to uncover where energy is found and why.
Learn about the daily and seasonal cycles in Anishinaabe life, including customs and rites of passage for adolescents. Examine domestic items, such as a tikinagan, tools and furs, before bartering for trade goods. As a parting gift, students will receive a sample of Labrador tea with brewing instructions.
Put your imagination to work! Follow in the footsteps of French-Canadian voyageurs or Indigenous Peoples as they lived 200 years ago. Explore Fort William, join in the daily activities and leave with a small gift of either glass beads or hat feathers.
In this popular workshop, students will learn about the role of black powder firearms in early Canada, learn how to collaboratively and safely discharge a cannon, and try firing a flintlock musket. Please note, participants must be 13 or older to fire a cannon or musket.
Anishinaabe traditions, stories and harvests are greatly influenced by the cycles of the Earth, moon and immediate solar system. Listen to Anishinaabe storytellers as they draw upon their culture to explain the mysterious cycles of creation, life and beyond, and the roles we all play in the universe. Following Anishinaabe cultural practices, this program is only available when snow is covering the ground.
Embark on an unforgettable adventure on the historic Kaministiquia River in our replica birch bark canoes, guided by expert canoeists. Learn voyageur songs and paddling techniques while enjoying this highly physical activity.
It was “work hard, play hard” during the fur trade. Learn about the history and importance of recreation and leisure activities by participating in various games from Anishinaabe, French-Canadian and Scottish cultures.
Discover the machines that advanced life in the 1800s and how these devices have evolved over time. Investigate how simple machines and tools use force and reduced friction to move heavy objects. Have fun using wheels, levers, pulleys, and screws to move different objects.
Examine different styles of snowshoes and their design features. Then strap on a pair and try out the most common form of winter transportation invented by Indigenous Peoples. Complimentary hot chocolate included.
Learn about astronomy as it was 200 years ago, then vault forward in time to unlock the wonders of contemporary stargazing! Join a voyageur guide and present-day astronomer to study stars through time and discover how these celestial bodies continue to teach us about the universe. Using the 20” CDK telescope, students will learn how to observe celestial objects, identify their characteristics and take specialized notes to help classify these stars.
The Sun and the energy it radiates form the basis for all life on earth. Discover how the Sun affects life at Fort William, from effecting the change in seasons and food availability to telling time and navigating the continent!
This experience introduces students to the Anishinaabe, who they are, their importance in history, and their way of life. This experience will focus on the use of music and food to welcome students to the Anishinaabe encampment and their way of life.
The future looks green! Creative minds around the planet are working every day to create new and renewable means of energy. Join them in creating a sustainable future for our planet. Create steam, wind, water and heat powered devices where your own imagination is the most important tool.
Step back in time and explore Fort William in this interactive virtual tour, led by one of the people who lived and worked around Fort William. Learn the business of the North West Company and visit some of the interesting places that made Fort William the hinge of a global empire! Customized tours highlighting specific themes can be requested at the time of booking.