Lower Fort Garry

Lower Fort Garry

Hard workers wanted! "Sign on" as an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Experience what life was like as a blacksmith or fur packer, make a fire with flint and steel, or even spin some wool.

Activities

Sign On as an Employee of the Hudson's Bay Company

Long ago, when Canada was a vast wilderness, the Hudson's Bay Company was the most powerful business in the land. The company owned vast parts of the country and controlled the fur trade in North America. Now it's a department store, but back then, the Hudson's Bay Company was so big that it built forts like Fort Garry where the furs and other goods were traded and packed for shipment to Europe.

Now you can spend a day working for the Company, doing the same type of chores that fur traders and employees of the company did over one hundred years ago.

How much time will I need?

  • 2 – 3 hours

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Just wear proper clothing and footwear.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • The best time to do this is during the day from early May to early September.

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