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. Using our world travel planner, Thunder Bay attractions like Fort William Historical Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 3, 2017
    We went to show some visitors from Holland what this place looked like around 1815 and they liked it. Although it was 1 day after labour day, there was hardly anyone there. The tour guide had to open ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    A piece of history you need to experience! Everything has been recreated to a very fine detail so you can literally go back in time to see what a fur trading post was like in the early 1800's. Your to...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This is a must see for anyone visiting Thunder Bay. The staff are very professional keeping in the period with costumes and language. The special events are always enjoyable. The grounds are exception...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    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).
  • July 4, 2017
    Fun since the 1970s. Great actors, lots to learn.
  • March 14, 2017
    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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The city center doesn't offer much in the way of accommodations, with the relatively industrial surrounds featuring little to interest tourists. Most visitors stay north of the center along the waterfront, where Water Street and Cumberland Street offer the biggest range of motels and inns. Here, you'll have views over the city's marina and port, giving you a sense of the region's maritime culture. Arthur Street West, which sits at the entrance to the airport, offers a range of motels and chain hotels perfect for visitors just passing through the city.
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