• Explore Indigenous programs—from horse teachings to First Nation drumming and dance, to traditional games and cooking bannock over a campfire. Visit the Métis camp, blacksmith forge, boathouse and fort sites. Learn a new trade or craft dating back to the fur trade era and beyond. See how Red River Carts and York Boats were made. Roll up your sleeves to make your own drum, dream-catcher, or traditional craft using beads, quills, leather and textiles.

    Stroll along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, original highway to the west. Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous Peoples, fur traders and legendary explorer David Thompson. Experience the archeological remains of four fur trade posts and seven kilometres of nature trails. Marvel at a bison herd.

    Stay awhile and experience camping along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in your own tent or RV or try camping in a tipi or Métis trapper’s tent as you might have done 200 years ago. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Light a fire with a flint and steel and enjoy eating bannock and drinking trapper’s tea by the banks of the river.

    Come by the visitor centre to learn about life at a trading post and take home a unique souvenir. Kids can enjoy the playfort, Métis demonstrations, and David Thompson puppet show. For more adventurous explorers, use the boat launch to get onto the river and paddle the Brierley Rapids in your canoe or kayak.

    Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is 6km west of the town of Rocky Mountain House and one hour from Red Deer along the David Thompson Highway (#11).

    Open daily from May 10 to September – 10am to 5pm Open Thursday to Sunday in September – 10am to 5pm


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