Fort Walsh National Historic Site | West Block Cypress Hills
Location: West Block Cypress Hills
As of June 1, Fort Walsh National Historic Site began a gradual reopening of outdoor areas and greenspaces. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Fort Walsh official site at www.parkscanada.ca/walsh
Administration Office: (306) 662-2645;
fax: (306) 662-2711
Historic Site: (306) 662-3590; From May 01 to Sept 30
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Fort Walsh National Historic Site
Hours of operation
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
May 18-20 – Open 10-5
May 21-29 June – open Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5
July 1st September 2nd – Open daily, 10-5
September 3 to September 28 – open Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5
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.
Gather your water bottle, and camera to hit the rolling trails. Packed, graveled trails or a bit of back country adventure, the choice is yours. Follow the paths upwards to find some red chair rewards. Or for a bit of a different view, travel Battle Creek. Keep your eyes open for the different flora and fauna you might see along the way. There are even horses freely roaming the countryside.
Add a bit of treasure to your trek. Geocache for some interesting finds, maybe even a surprise cache. Why not pack a picnic lunch so you can stay out longer? You can stop at a covered picnic shelter or find a spot where you like the sunshine and the view!
Check before you trek. Contact us before you venture out as trail conditions can change with the weather.
Fort Walsh trails map
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?
|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′|
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GPS Coordinates 49⁰34’27.67″N 109⁰52’26.98″W
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