Nations gather to make a historic treaty between Ojibwa, Swampy Cree and the Crown. Below on the banks of the Red River, York boats rowed by a Métis crew arrive with furs from across the continent. Walk amongst Canada’s oldest collection of stone fur trade buildings to experience life of the trappers and traders of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Lower Fort Garry as they lived in the 1850s.

Due to essential site improvements at Lower Fort Garry, this year’s opening date will be May 15. See you soon!

Featured things to do

Capture your students' imaginations through one of our school programs

History takes on new meaning for students! You and your students can discover the past first-hand, through one of our Manitoba curriculum-based programs and activities. Whatever the grade level, we promise your students a unique and unforgettable experience at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site!

Discover it all, and take a look behind the scenes in this all-encompassing tour!

Trading beavers to driving Buicks; Lower Fort Garry has a rich history of firsts in Manitoba. Join us on a guided tour that explores the unique and varied history and uses of Lower Fort Garry.

Hi ho, it’s off to the Fort we go! The Hudson’s Bay Company is hiring junior labourers to help keep the Stone Fort running smoothly.

Roll up your sleeves and sign on as a labourer for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Experience a taste of life in the 1850s in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Pick heirloom vegetables alongside bonnet and britches-clad staff; learn to march with the first North West Mounted Police force.

Sites nearby

  • St. Andrew's Rectory National Historic Site

    Learn about the significance of the St Andrew’s Rectory, an excellent example of mid-19th century Red River Hudson’s Bay Company architecture. Imagine the day to day lives of the Reverend and his Red River settler parishioners in the 1800s.

  • The Forks National Historic Site

    At the place where generations of people have met for 6,000 years or more, discover a history rich in stories of Aboriginal heritage. This is the birthplace of Western Canada.

  • Riel House National Historic Site

    Travel back to spring 1886, six months after the death of Louis Riel. Visit his family home and discover what life was like for the Riel family and Métis who lived along the banks of the Red River.

  • Riding Mountain National Park

    Explore 3000 km2 of thrilling outdoor possibilities in Riding Mountain National Park where the boreal forest, aspen parkland and fescue prairie meet.

  • Riding Mountain Park East Gate Registration Complex National Historic Site

    Canada’s last remaining early 1930s-style national parks entrance, the East Gate Registration Complex stands as a carefully maintained example of this form of traditional architecture.

Hours of operation

May 15 to June 30
Every day
9:30 am to 5 pm
(limited service on weekends)

July 1 to September 4
Every day
9:30 am to 5 pm

Complete schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Tel: 204-785-6050
Tel: 204-785-6055 (weekends)
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888