Fort William Historical Park: Celebrating 50 years of bringing life to history (1973-2023)
Discover Fort William – a Canadian Signature Experience!
The year is 1815, the place is Fort William. This the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the world’s largest fur trading enterprise. This is a place where cultures meet, and relationships are forged between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous newcomers.
Fort William stands on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, the Indigenous people who live in harmony with Nimaamaa Aki (Mother Earth). Through their strong relationship with Creator, Ancestors and Mother Earth, the Anishinaabeg ensured their physical, spiritual, and cultural survival. The Anishinaabe shared their invaluable knowledge, technologies, and skills and exchanged furs and other natural material goods for European goods to ensure their European partners’ survival and the success of the North West Company.
Each summer, French-Canadian voyageurs, Scottish businessmen, Indigenous Peoples, and others from around the world gather at Fort William for the Great Rendezvous to discuss business, share news and renew friendships.
Experience this unique place and time in Canadian history through the eyes of peoples past, who lived and worked around Fort William.
Fort William Historical Park also features:
• Virtual, in-person and overnight education programs and artisan workshops
• Campground with serviced and non-serviced campsites and on-site RV rentals
• Facility rentals for weddings, conferences, and other private functions