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Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay

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Step into the past at one of Canada's largest fur trading posts at Fort William Historical Park. The site has recreated the Fort William fur trade post as it existed in 1815, providing hands-on learning for both children and adults. Walk through the fur market and learn about the pelts from living history staff. Along with the fur trading post, the fort has an amphitheater that holds a number of events each year. Arrange your visit to Fort William Historical Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Thunder Bay using our Thunder Bay travel itinerary planner.
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  • We went early in the morning to avoid the crowds, and maybe it was too early. It was almost empty, hardly any staff/characters, and the kitchen and gift shop were not even open, we waited around until...  more »
  • We had a most enjoyable day. The staff were very well informed and played their roles excellent. We decided to have a late lunch at the Canteen. They were not busy, over half the tables were empty. Th...  more »
  • Make sure you go when they open because there are so many things to do. We had a really fun time here. My kids did the canoe ride and they loved it. Don't go to the restaurant because it takes a reall...  more »
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  • Wonderful place to explore and see how things once were. Bathrooms were everywhere and very well taken care of. They also made fresh bread in brick stoves in the old buildings and then sold them for $5. Our day there was on Canada Day, though sadly cut short by the rain...but the buildings were all open for people to seek shelter in when the rain was coming down hard. Would love to go again on a nicer day and see more.
  • Our tour guide, Michele, answered EVERY question we asked (and the kids asked a lot!). Lots to explore. Would appreciate more informational signs for when were exploring on our own. The Cantina was a nice spot for lunch; limited menu but good. A fun and educational spot to spend the day.
  • The worst experience. We booked a campground site. It was to be serviced with electrical and water. They had to move our site because of the rain -our original site was too boggy. We left for dinner and arrive at our new site-no water, no picnic table, no fire ring. Someone stole the splitter off the pedestal so no water service. No one in the office. The maintenance staff won't even speak to me....just told staff catering a wedding that I have to see customer service in the morning. Observatory closed for Canada Day. Would have had a better time in a Walmart parking lot...at least I wouldn't be camping in a bog and praying we don't have to call a tow truck to pull us out of our space. So disappointed....I was really excited at the thought of staying on the grounds. Didn't get to visit the fort because of the torrential rain (obviously outside of the fort's control).
  • Fun since the 1970s. Great actors, lots to learn.
  • A good self guided tour. Go late in theseason. Feel the fur. There are so many furs that you can feel that it is crazy. Bring a pack lunch, as the dining hall has limited options of low value but high price.

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