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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  • A great Fort and an amazing site. Had a nice time checking it out even off season. Their summer programs and stuff look really neat. Be sure to walk the entire perimeter and through the woods. Take a ...  more »
  • We enjoyed the Fort and the kids had a great time. I was disappointed that there was not more interactive actives for the kids to do.  more »
  • Friends were visiting from out of town & we brought them here. It was a great experience for young and old. The kids didn’t want to leave.  more »
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  • Was passing through Thunder Bay and stopped here for a few hours and we were so happy we did! Amazing park, beautifully cared for, amazing and friendly staff, great look into the history of the workings of the fort. Simply fantastic and we would definitely go back and would recommend it!
  • We had a GREAT day here! There is so much to see. The kids loved the farm animals! Went on a canoe ride with very informative guides. My son fired the musket which made his summer! All staff were extremely helpful. Lots of hands on opportunities. Just when we were getting really hot they started up the old fire truck and sprayed all the kids. The kids loved being in the middle of the town skirmish. Great day! Will definitely go back if we are ever out that way again!
  • 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).
  • 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.

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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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