Journey back in time to talk with a 19th century Métis settler about life on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Imagine the shocking changes as the troops and warriors gathered and battle began to rage. Witness the bullet holes at the final battlefield of the Northwest Resistance of 1885 and learn more about how a traditional way of life changed forever as a new country began to form.

Featured things to do

Louis Riel and Kidfest

Get ready, get set, have fun with family and friends! Two events in one, means fun for all ages. The day’s highlights are the Louis Riel Relays and Kidfest, while live entertainment bannock tasting and food vendors round out the festivities.

Rent a canoe

Let the cool breeze guide you as you cruise the calm waters of the South Saskatchewan River, the warm sun shimmering in your wake. Inquire at the Visitor Centre for rental information.

Journey through time

Meet authentically costumed Métis settlers as you journey through time to hear everyday stories of the folk who lived by the South Saskatchewan River on the site of the last battle of the 1885 Resistance.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Parks Canada’s sites nearby

  • Fort Battleford National Historic Site

    Step back into a turbulent time in Canada’s past, as life on the prairies changes forever for the First Nations and Métis as the newly-formed North West Mounted Police march into Fort Battleford.

  • Prince Albert National Park

    Prince Albert National Park offers accessible wilderness and extensive outdoor recreation in central Saskatchewan. Hike boreal forests, canoe pristine lakes and see free-range bison, with the town of Waskesiu as a convenient base.

  • Battle of Tourond's Coulee / Fish Creek National Historic Site

    This is the scene of an important victory for the Métis resistance in their fight against the Northwest Field Force of the Dominion of Canada. Discover the story of Fish Creek and the Battle of Tourond's Coulee.

Hours of operation

May 22 to June 30
Monday to Friday,
from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Complete schedule


Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
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Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888