October 20th, 2017

Fort Walsh ready for Canada 150 celebrations

By Medicine Hat News on May 12, 2017.

Medicine Hat News

Parks Canada says it is excited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. As is the case at other national parks in the country, entry to Fort Walsh National Historic Site is free with the 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass.

Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

As part of Canada 150, Fort Walsh has a great year of programs and visitor experiences planned which feature more of what Canadians love.

— For a truly “Canadian experience,” visitors are welcomed to Fort Walsh National Historic Site to stroll around one of the first North West Mounted Police posts, beautifully surrounded by the scenic Cypress Hills.

— For those who want to (re)connect with nature, the Learn-to Camp program comes to Fort Walsh NHS July 15-16. Pitch a tent, build a fire, basic camp cooking, a whole lot of fun and s’more, all while enjoying a night out under one of Canada’s Dark Sky preserves! Or you can walk/ run or ride a bike to the site of the Cypress Hills Massacre on the new section of backcountry trails or you can explore the old Fort Walsh townsite.

— For those who want to learn more about Canada’s rich history, this season, Fort Walsh officials have initiated an “Indigenous Tourism Program.” This program will allow visitors the opportunity to experience life from the Indigenous perspective and to experience “many voices” through a representation of a first nation’s camp. Wild West Trades Day will be held Aug. 5. It is a signature event for Fort Walsh, with many trades and activities depicting life in the 1880s, such as a blacksmith, farrier or leather worker.

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