Fort Walsh National Historic Site | West Block Cypress Hills

Fort Walsh National Historic Site | West Block Cypress Hills

Location: West Block Cypress Hills

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

Fees

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.

Saturdays, July and August

Uncover stories of the many peoples who called this area home in the late 1800s. Help a North West Mounted Police officer complete their mid-day stable duties, discover stories at the First Nations camp and taste flavours of the past at the cook tent. Don’t miss the historic weapons and cannon firing!

10:45 to 11:15 Cannon Firing / Historic Weapons Demo
11:30 to 12:30 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
11:30 to 12:30 Mid-Day Stables
12:00 to 1:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
1:30 to 2:30 (Mon-Sun), and 2pm to 3pm(Sat only) Trading Post Tour (Advance tickets required – purchase online HERE, weather permitting, space is limited)
1:30 to 2:30 Cook Tent Flavours
2:00 to 3:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
3:00 to 3:30 Cannon Firing / Historic Weapons Demo
3:45 to 4:45 Fort Walsh Guided Tour

Daily, July and August

Discover the new visitor centre and interactive exhibits, check out the First Nations camp and North West Mounted Police horses. Experience the thrill of bartering at the trade cabins, go on a guided Fort Walsh tour… and don’t forget to book ahead for the new Trading Post tour!

10:30 to 11:30 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
12:00 to 1:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
1:30 to 2:30 (Mon-Sun), and 2pm to 3pm(Sat only) Trading Post Tour (Advance tickets required – purchase online HERE, weather permitting, space is limited)
1:30 to 2:30 Daily Feature
2:45 to 3:45 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
3:45 to 4:45 Fort Walsh Guided Tour

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Featured things to do:

Travel through the heart of the majestic Cypress Hills to the original sites of Farwell and Solomon’s trading posts on this guided bus tour. Operates daily Monday thru Sunday, 1:30pm.  (Advance tickets required – available online HERE – weather permitting, space is limited).

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

Hiking

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 June 23, 2018
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

Please register at runningroom.com

 

 

Fort Walsh National Historic Site CannonHelp a North West Mounted Police officer complete their mid-day stable duties, discover stories at the First Nations camp and taste flavours of the past at the cook tent.

Uncover stories of the many peoples who called this area home in the late 1800s. Help a North West Mounted Police officer complete their mid-day stable duties, discover stories at the First Nations camp and taste flavours of the past at the cook tent. Don’t miss the historic weapons and cannon firing!

10:45 to 11:15 Cannon Firing / Historic Weapons Demo
11:30 to 12:30 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
11:30 to 12:30 Mid-Day Stables
12:00 to 1:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
1:30 to 2:30 (Mon-Sun), and 2pm to 3pm(Sat only)  Trading Post Tour (Advance tickets required – purchase them online HERE, weather permitting, space is limited)
1:30 to 2:30 Cook Tent Flavours
2:00 to 3:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
3:00 to 3:30 Cannon Firing / Historic Weapons Demo
3:45 to 4:45 Fort Walsh Guided Tour

 

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
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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