Fort Normandeau

Fort Normandeau, Red Deer: Hours, Address, Fort Normandeau Reviews: 4/5

Fort Normandeau
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Sitting on the south bank of the Red Deer River, Fort Normandeau is the historical meeting place of Red Deer's three founding cultures; the Indigenous people who lived on the land for millennia, Metis buffalo hunters and traders, and early European settlers. Explore the Fort grounds, visit the interpretive centre, and have an interactive historic experience with the Interpreters in the rec-recreated Fort building and palisade.
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada
Back in time
Jul. 2021
I great little fort from years gone by. Unfortunately during this part of our trip there were no kids with us to enjoy the animals.
This is the birthplace of Red Deer and is steeped in local history from the mid 1800's.
Written July 25, 2021
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Shaowu C
Edmonton, Canada
Kids still tall about the chicken feeding experience!
Aug. 2020 • Family
Visited this fort for the first time last week. It is conveniently located less than 10 min west of highway 2. Plenty of parking and surrounded by nice park, chicken coop and veggie garden. There were two interpreters dressed in historical outfits in the fort that told us short stories about hygiene practices in old times. It was quite fun. The fort is small and due to social distancing, I didnt really walk around inside. My kids had lots of fun feeding the chickens behind the fort with dandelion leaves. I definitely recommend this sight if you want a short break from your travels and if you want to learn a bit about Ref Deer history. Beautiful scenery around the fort too.
Written August 7, 2020
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stacysmith22
Red Deer, Canada
Fort Normandeau Days was an awesome experience!
Aug. 2018
A lot of new things for the kids to participate in that are different that the hustle and bustle of "life". Suitable for all ages including adults!
Written August 27, 2018
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Sameh W
Edmonton, Canada
Great place to visit
Aug. 2017 • Family
Great place to visit. It is beautiful, quiet and the river is amazing. There is lots to see, but mostly it is a place to relax.
Good activities for the kids!
Written August 30, 2017
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Michael G
Edmonton, Canada
Nice relaxed place
Aug. 2017 • Couples
We wandered down to the fort and found it to be a great place to visit. It is beautiful, quiet and the river is amazing. There is lots to see, but mostly it is a place to relax.
Written August 8, 2017
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Pat G
Calgary, Canada
Hands-on History
Jul. 2017
We had never heard of Fort Normandeau before our trip to camp nearby, but this one should be on every family's bucket list for travel near Red Deer AB. This is a well-designed reconstruction of the first settlement at this site. Our guide identified himself as Plains Cree, and was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. The tour begins with a 12 minute video, introducing the people who made the history here. Following that, there are well-placed exhibits, including actual uniforms for children to try on and a scale model of the fort to build. Outside there is more to see, including gardens and a reconstruction of part of the fort. Workers outside told us about Fort Normandeau Days coming up later in August, with a reenactment of local battles.
The Fort offers many tours and workshops throughout the year, including day camps during summer months. One of our group members is a teacher in Calgary, who thinks this would be a perfect day trip for a Social Studies class. We decided that this is one spot that should be better known and visited frequently.
Written August 3, 2017
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We are so glad that you had a great time! Thank you for coming to see us and we hope to see you again soon!
Written August 7, 2017
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ahsjadhagshagd1234
Red Deer, Canada
Poor place to go
Jun. 2016 • Friends
This place has buildings only made of wood. You can only be outside for most of it. I really like this park to be improved.
Written December 24, 2016
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We are sorry to hear that you found your experience to be lacking. Please feel free to visit us when the Fort and Interpretive Center buildings are open between May and September.
Written August 7, 2017
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Adrian D
Coquitlam, Canada
An enjoyable and educational riverside stop!
Sep. 2016 • Couples
We visited Fort Normandeau with family while on a visit from our BC home. The location is extremely pleasant - a nice park-like setting right beside the river. However, the historical presentation is every bit as worthwhile - we learned a great deal about early settlement in the Red Deer area as well as the Northwest Rebellion. If you enjoy a taste of history in an extremely relaxing setting, this is the place for you! Great stop for a picnic lunch too!

The only downside is the parking area, which appears a little on the small side. We were told that parking during the summer season can be extremely problematic.
Written September 26, 2016
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Jewelzzz
Alberta
Nice view of the river
May 2016 • Friends
Stopped here on a whim to check it out. The last time I was here I was launching my kayaking into the river. I have never actually been inside the fort so I did that this time. It was neat. I talked to the girl at the little information booth and I will be back for Fort Normandeau days. Sounds like a lot of fun!!
Written July 4, 2016
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C R
Alberta, Canada
Wonderful history
Jul. 2015 • Family
We had a great day visiting Fort Normandeau. It was so interesting walking around the area. I wish we would have packed a picnic lunch to complete our day
Written April 18, 2016
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