Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park (FWHP), one of Canada's top outdoor attractions is a must-stop destination on a visit to Northwestern Ontario!

Fort William is one of the largest living history attractions in North America, devoted to re-creating the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade in the early 1800s. 

Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.  The fort is amazing in size and scope, a world unto itself, ensconced within a natural environment.  Away from modern intrusions, you really do feel like you are in the year 1816.  Chat with the Scottish fur traders, Ojibwa and Métis, and the French Canadian voyageurs, artisans, and farmers.  It’s an amazing trip back in time.

Cultural Heritage & Much More

FWHP offers a varied menu of experiences, from cultural heritage on a massive living history site, to futuristic views of the Universe courtesy of our state-of-the-art astronomy centre, to special events and festivals, to enjoyable recreational opportunities.

A multi-component tourism-destination facility, FWHP also offers special events and festivals year-round, from celebrating Canada’s birthday and Aboriginal traditions to spooky tours during Halloween to family-friendly winter fests.  There’s a varied selection of special events offered year-round.

FWHP is also home to the David Thompson Observatory and its exciting Star Walk program.  Named after one of Canada’s most celebrated explorers, the Observatory unlocks the secrets of the Universe.  The Star Walk is offered Thursdays to Saturdays year-round.

On-Site Camping

Another great feature is FWHP’s spacious RV camping facilities, with both service and non-service sites.  Additional recreational opportunities include canoe and kayak rentals.  These offerings are all situated within an inviting, peaceful environment, right beside the Kaministiquia River.

For a one-stop destination, visit Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay, Ontario!

For more information, visit, email: or call 807-473-2344.

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Latitude: 48.342868 Longitude: -89.358492 Elevation: 647 ft

Hours Open

May 17 - September 29 10AM-5PM Daily. Select special events throughout fall and winter.

Time Period Represented

Early 19th century.

Seasons Open

May 17 - September 29 10AM-5PM Daily. Select special events & programming throughout fall and winter

Visitor Fees

Variable rates throughout the year. Please visit, Visit Us, Schedules & Rates

Accessibility Notes

Public washrooms and all modern facilities are fully accessible. Most historic buildings are accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the Visitors Centre.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed in the camp ground and on the historic site, but not in historic buildings.  Pets are not permitted to attend special events at Fort William Historical Park. 


Have not been to the fort yet, but plan on visiting it on next trip to Thunder Bay !!

Rick Byron, 7/3/2016

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