Fort Walsh NHS Guided Tours | West Block Cypress Hills

Fort Walsh NHS Guided Tours | West Block Cypress Hills

Location: West Block Cypress Hills

Fort Walsh National Historic Site

Opening Day – May 18, 2019

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.

Fort Dailies

Daily, July and August

Discover the new visitor centre and interactive exhibits, check out the First Nations camp and NWMP horses. Experience the thrill of bartering at the trade cabins, go on a guided Fort Walsh tour… and don’t forget the new Cypress Hills Massacre Tour! (There are a limited number of seats for the Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tour. Availability is based on first come first serve.)

10:30 to 11:30 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
12:00 to 1:00 Fort Walsh Guided Tour
1:30 to 2:30 Cypress Hills Massacre Tour (Weather permitting, space is limited, availability based on first come first serve)
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

Mark Your Calendar – 2019 Events!

Sat, May 18th – Opening Day
June 22nd – Rotgut Run
July/August – every Saturday the Frontier Life program starts at 11am with historic weapons demonstration
Jul 1 – Canada 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.

 

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′

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EVENTS

Rotgut Run at Fort Walsh NHS in Cypress Hills

Saturday June 22, 2019
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

Saturdays in July and August

Uncover stories of the many peoples who called this area home in the late 1800s. Experience the sight of North West Mounted Police horsemanship, discover stories at the First Nations camp and taste flavours of the past at the cook tent. Don’t miss the historic weapons demonstration!

11:00 to 11:30 Historic weapons demonstration
11:30 to 12:30 Fort Walsh guided tour
12:30 to 1:30 North West Mounted Police horsemanship
1:30 to 2:30 Cypress Hills Massacre site tour (Weather permitting, space is limited, availability based on first come first serve)
2:00 to 3:00 Fort Walsh guided tour 
3:00 to 3:30 Historic weapons demonstration
3:30 to 4:30 Fort Walsh guided tour


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.

Cypress Hills Massacre Site Tour

New Walking Trails at Fort Walsh

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. Hear the story of the Cypress Hills Massacre, and learn of its effect on the history of the area. (Weather permitting, space is limited, availability is based on first come first serve).

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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Fort Walsh National Historic Site in the beautiful Cypress Hills