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Fort La Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

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Dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Canadian Prairies the Fort la Reine Museum is home to 28 unique heritage sites that will leave you breathless. The homes and buildings are designed not only to show the artifacts, but also to illustrate the lifestyle of a prairie community. As well as the life of early pioneers you can also discover the trials of early frontier entrepreneurs; following along on their journey of trading furs for goods and living away from their families. Browsing through the homes and the many displays therein; it will allow you to appreciate the hardships and joys of the early settlers in the prairie area. The Fort la Reine Museum’s galleries display thousands of individual artifacts including pre-European contact First Nation’s artifacts to more modern collections including historic fire trucks, an old print shop, "Fisher's" general store, the "West Prospect "school, churches, hand hewn log structures, and historic homes. The museum pays homage to the beginnings of Canada's railway, with historic railcars including the personal rail car of William Van Horne. The museum also offers a superior Military collection, and houses the world’s largest indoor collection of Allis Chalmers agricultural tractors and heavy equipment. For the 2017 Season there are three new travelling exhibitions to explore – “Panache, Caribou & other Cervidae”; “Anne Frank, A History For Today”; “Fighting in Flanders, Gas.Mud.Memory”. *Guided tours can be arranged for groups of 6 or more!
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  • So easy to spend an entire day merandering around the many exhibits! It is surely worth the drive to come out and you could easily get lost in there for the better part of a day!  more »
  • First visited it in 2009 with husband and saw a plover nesting in the walkway. She was chirping at everyone who walked by her nest. We both noticed it was haunted in several of the buildings. Since th...  more »
  • We drove through Portage La Prairie and saw this at the side of the road. We drove past as it was late in the day and we were on the way to our hotel, but we decided to backtrack the next day to take ...  more »

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