Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Fort Walsh National Historic Site: 

As of June 1, Fort Walsh National Historic Site began a gradual reopening of outdoor areas and green spaces. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

 

Starting June 1, 2020 Fort Walsh National Historic Site will begin to offer limited access and services while maintaining physical distancing measures. 

  • Upon arrival spend time reviewing the site maps and informational bulletin boards
  • Take note of signage placed throughout the site
  • Please clean up after and keep all pets leashed
  • Be prepared with the things you will need for your visit (ie. proper footwear, bottles of water (no potable water) etc.)
  • There is no fuel available at the site
  • There is no food concession available at the site

What’s open (updated July 15, 2020)

  • Visitor Centre and washrooms (open as of July 21)
  • Historic Buildings inside the Fort except Superintendent’s Residence (open as of July 21)
  • Interpretive programs (open as of July 21)
  • Washrooms in the Fort (open as of July 21)
  • Vending machines (open as of July 21)
  • Metis Trail (open as of June 1)
  • Battle Creek Trail (open as of June 1)
  • Fort gates (open as of June 1)
  • Toilets near trail heads and parking lot (open as of June 1)
  • Access to Battle Creek (open as of June 1)
  • Access to the cemeteries (open as of June 1)
  • Equestrian access to trails (open as of June 1)
  • Red Chairs near the Visitor Reception Centre (open as of June 1)
  • Picnic site (kitchen shelter is closed) (open as of June 1)

What’s closed (updated July 15, 2020)

  • Museum and Theatre
  • Food services and gift shop
  • Métis Cabins
  • Shuttle service
  • Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tour
  • Toilets at Cypress Hills Massacre Site
  • Kitchen shelter
  • Water fountains

Your safety when visiting

  • Keep a healthy space of 2 metres between you and others.
  • Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces. Please take all your garbage with you and help keep these places clean.
  • Note that the back country of Fort Walsh is home to cougars. Hike with caution.
  • Cellular telephone service is unavailable.
  • No potable water.
  • Abide by all travel advisories and area closures.
  • Important information about safety while enjoying Fort Walsh National Historic Site
  • This is an evolving situation. For more information visit the Public Health Agency of Canada Coronavirus disease page, and the Government of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 page
  • We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at mailto:fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca or visit the Fort Walsh official site at www.parkscanada.ca/walsh
Administration Office: (306) 662-2645; From Oct 01 to May 01
fax: (306) 662-2711
Historic Site: (306) 662-3590; From May 16 to Sept 26
Service en français Pendant les heures d’ouverture, un préposé francophone à l’information est à votre disposition.

ADMISSION

Daily

  Adult $ 10.00
  Senior $ 8.40
  Youth (17 and under) free
  Commercial Group, per person $ 8.30

Annual

  Adult $ 19.60
  Senior $ 16.60
  Youth free

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

  Adult $ 69.19
  Senior $ 59.17
  Family/Group $ 139.40

Step back in time to the 1870s and discover what life was like on a working fort in the lawless time of rotgut whiskey runners. Imagine the scarlet serge-clad NWMP marching on parade, hear Métis legends handed down through generations and learn traditional crafts and skills. Uncover the history of Canada’s part in the aftermath of the Battle of Little Big Horn.

 

Featured things to do:

Ride the rolling hills as you take in the sweet smell of the pines. The mottled sunlight peeks through the trees as you cruise from one grassy meadow to another. Packed, graveled trails or a bit of back country adventure, the choice is yours.

Why not pack a picnic lunch and go on a hunt for the history of the area? Venture out to the trading posts and the Cypress Hills Massacre site.

Check before you trek. Contact us before you venture out as trail conditions can change with the weather.

 

Hiking

Walk the new 550m Métis walking trail along the scenic Battle Creek and for you hikers, don`t miss the new 6.5 km hiking loop in the hills at Fort Walsh.

See a map of the trails in Fort Walsh here: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/what-to-do/summer-activities/hiking/fortwalsh/

We’ve saved you a seat!

Can you find the red chairs at Fort Walsh National Historic Site? These locations have been specially selected to give you true sense of the true beauty of the landscape but also a sense of stepping into the footsteps of history. After discovering each location be sure to ask the staff about the stories of each special location.

Where’s the chair?

Location GPS Coordinates
 Near the civilian cemetery  N 49°34.529′  W 109°52.591′
 West of Battle Creek, on the ridge  N 49°34.461′  W 109°52.521′
 

Got a great Red Chair photo?

Share it with us on Twitter at #ShareTheChair!

See the list of Red Chair locations across Canada to find the country’s best views.

 

 

A crowd watches a cannon demonstration 
© Parks Canada

Quick march and watch the NWMP and RCMP on a drill. Cover your ears as the rifles fire. Have fun learning about the lives of the people who lived on this land more than a hundred years ago.

 

 

Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the beautiful Cypress Hills

Contact us

Telephone (admin): 306-662-2645
Telephone (site office): 306-662-3590
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
fort.walsh@pc.gc.ca

Find Us:

GPS Coordinates 49⁰34’27.67″N   109⁰52’26.98″W
Twitter @ParksCanada_SK #FTWalsh
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