This fort was built by Heritage Park in 1965 to illustrate the important role played by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) - which once established posts as far flung as Alaska, B.C.'s Northern Pacific Coast, Oregon and Labrador - in the economic, social and resource development of Canada. Heritage Park originally designed the HBC structure as a replica of the second fur trading fort built in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, in 1835. The forts were each staffed by approximately 30 labourers, interpreters, clerks, apprentice clerks and traders, and headed by one chief trader or chief factor. This particular fort was used as a backdrop for a film celebrating the Hudson’s Bay Company's tricentennial.
Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4
11:00 - 11:30 Smudging ceremony with Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, Chantal Chagnon, Kelly & Daphne Good Eagle Medicine wheel teaching with Chantal Chagnon 12:00 - 1:00 Drum circle with Chantal Chagnon & Tristan Wolfgang 12:30 - 1:00 Fiddler Jeremy Gignoux 2:15 - 3:15 Drum circle with Chantal Chagnon & Tristan Wolfgang 2:30 - 3:00 Fiddler Jeremy Gignoux 3:30 - 4:00 Closing ceremony with Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, Chantal Chagnon, Kelly & Daphne Good Eagle
Smudging Ceremony & Medicine Wheel Teachings The smudging ceremony is a ritual that is a part of First Nations cultures and will be performed by Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes with Elders Kelly and Daphne Good Eagle .
Drum Circle Chantal Chagnon, Cheryl Chagnon-Greyeyes and Tristan Wolfgang will share the drum circle tradition with the public.
Jeremy Gignoux Jeremy Gignoux grew up in France, where he learned classical violin and piano. He will make visits at the fort to entertain the public while playing violin along with the indigenous drums. It is always an extraordinary experience you won't want to miss!
Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Mission
Heritage Park interpreters will introduce you to the importance of missionaries during the settlement period of Western Canada.