Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Opening Day – May 29th, 2018

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 29 to June 30, 2018: Tuesday to Saturday
July 1 to September 3, 2018: Daily
September 4 to September 29, 2018: Tuesday to Saturday


Free admission for youth in 2018. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

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.

Mark Your Calendar – 2017 Events!

Sat, May 20 – Opening Day
Fri, Jul 1 – Canada Day
July 15 – Rotgut Run
August 5 – Wild West Trades Day
September 30 – Closing Day

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.

Bike rentals

Want to cruise the picturesque trails but don’t have a bike with you? No problem! Fort Walsh NHS now offers bicycle rentals. Mountain bikes, cruiser bikes and youth mountain bikes are available to choose from. Would you like to have a picnic lunch along the trail? Great news, the cruiser bikes have baskets perfect for a packed lunch!

Come to the reception desk at the superintendent’s building, inside the fort, for bike rentals and trail information. Rentals can be reserved by phone on a first come first served basis. Credit card payment is required to secure the reservation. Rentals available through the operating season, availability subject to change.

Rental Fee: $17 per day/per bike


Walk the new 400m walking trail along the scenic Battle Creek and for you hikers, don`t miss the new hiking loop in the hills at Fort Walsh.

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.

EVENTS – Watch this space for a listing of their 2018 Events!

Rotgut Run at Fort Walsh NHS in Cypress Hills

Saturday July 15, 2017
When the canon fires, get on your marks, get set, go! Race through the rolling terrain of the Cypress Hills in this unique part of the prairies with the highest elevation between the Rockies and Newfoundland & Labrador. Rotgut Runners can challenge themselves to the “toughest 5K in Saskatchewan” while walkers enjoy a glorious stroll along sweet-smelling fescue prairie land past soaring lodge pole pines and white spruce, spotting deer, moose and elk along the way.

Special Event, Program or Rental Fees May Apply

A blacksmith hammers on an anvil creating a shower of sparks
© Parks Canada

Saturday August 05, 2017
Looking for a great family fun day in the Cypress Hills? Travel back to a time when the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil and lick of flame on metal were as common as the ring of a cellphone. Watch your teens, tweens and tots discover a more traditional way of life. Try your hand at archery, then enjoy some live music and great food. There is also plenty of activities for the kids, such as getting air-brush tattoos, face painting, bouncy castles and more!

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.

Trades Day “Moose Caboose” Bus Shuttle Tour from Elkwater. Hop on the bus for Wild West Trades Day! Bus leaves from the visitor centre in Elkwater, Cypress Hills, Alberta. 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. Phone (403) 893-3833 for reservations and more information.


New Walking Trails at Fort Walsh


Hear the boom at Trades Day when the cannons go off at Fort Walsh

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

Find Us:

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

Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the beautiful Cypress Hills