Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, Clearwater County

#2 of 10 in Parks in Clearwater County
National Park · Historic Site
In 1799 the North West and Hudson’s Bay companies set up rival posts at the end of the fur trade line on the North Saskatchewan River. Competition for trade was fierce at Rocky Mountain House, and during its 76-year history, nine different Aboriginal cultures came here to trade. Explorer, fur trader and mapmaker, David Thompson used the North West Company post as a base for finding a pass across the Rocky Mountains.

Today, Parks Canada protects the archaeological remains of four trading posts while presenting the site’s history.

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  • we bought the discovery park pass from Parks Canada so did not have to pay for admission. The building with exhibits has some interesting reading as well as the signs posted along the trail to the...  more »
  • This is well worth a visit. Fortunately we chose a slow weekday with minimum other guests. It is an opportunity to learn the fur trading and First Nations Culture. I have to admit the signage to get.....  more »
  • This was a nice day trip to a somewhat out of the way National Historic site we had never heard of. We learned about the fur trade and Metis culture. This was a very important outpost in the early.....  more »
  • Stunning experience of nature! I was too busy enjoying it to take a picture.
  • The grounds are well kept. Enjoyed the signage along the trail explaining the First Nation People's use of the various plants. There are no forts left - just marks on the ground to show where they were. Informative displays. The children's play fort looked like fun. We had wanted to take part in some of the programs. I had phoned several times ahead of our visit. Only got voicemail. Left a message but noone called back. We couldn't arrange anything when we arrived. So that was extremely disappointing for us.
  • Small but important location in the history of the European settlement of the west. We went on Free day and the place was filled with activities. I've been there other times, and it's not hard to see why they chose this spot to settle.
  • The historic site is awesome. There is a really informative an interactive museum and then huge grounds to explore. Lots of fun for people of all ages.
  • A worthwhile place to visit if you are in the area, but probably not a destination itself unless you are really into the history of the fur trade of the area. All the special events they have are great, especially the Christmas celebration.

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