Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site
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Stroll along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, one of the original ‘highways’ to the west. Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous Peoples, fur traders, and legendary explorer David Thompson. Experience the archaeological remains of four fur trade posts and seven kilometers of nature trails. Marvel at a bison herd. Stay awhile and experience a range of camping styles along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River: from Indigenous trapper tents and tipis to walk-in tenting and RV stalls. Visit the Métis camp, blacksmith forge/boathouse and fort sites. Learn a new trade or craft dating back to the fur trade era. See how Red River carts and York Boats were made. Roll up your sleeves to make your own drum, dream-catcher or traditional craft using quills, leather and textiles.
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springbanktraveller
Callgary797 contributions
Jun. 2022
The site has much improved since we visted many years ago. The interpretive centre is very good depicting the life of a fur trader and that of the Indigenous peoples who brought their furs to the Hudson Bay Company and North West Company Forts from 1799 onwards. Perhaps a little more could have been said about the famous surveyor and map maker David Thompson and all the travels w=h took as far south as Spokane and was is now Astoria and Vancouver in Washington State. The area is excellent for school children with many activities and learning experiences to be had, The blacksmith building was open and the smithy was busy making nails as well as other ornamental items. There is a pathway around the property with sign boards relating the story and activities of the forts. All in all, a good experience.
Written July 31, 2022
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jet172018
Glasgow, UK10 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
Woul leave a 0 if I could!
Took five hours to get to campsite from Calgary due to lack of signposts and Google sending us to Water Treatment Plant three times (also saw others do the same), then went to main entrance-closed at 5 p.m. then eventually got to campsite. Went to teepee that we had booked and the door was wide open, was soaking wet inside and full of mosquitos.
Ended up turning around and driving back to Calgary, but not before instead of refunding my card charging me again.
So get back to Calgary at 11.30 p.m. After leaving at 3.30 p.m. and now minus money in my bank, over $60 spent on fuel and covered in mosquito bites. I would never come here again, even if you paid me!
Written July 30, 2022
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Ken C
21 contributions
Jun. 2022
Great National Historic Site with enough points of interest to satisfy every age group. The blacksmith display was very interesting. The Metis display was staffed by very knowledgeable staff who shared their history with great enthusiasm. Nice to see bison up close.
Written June 11, 2022
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CYMC
Calgary, Alberta, Canada11 contributions
Aug. 2021
Lots of history explained by young keen people dressed for the historic era they were explaining and nice walking paths.
Written August 27, 2021
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta515 contributions
Aug. 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 hour visit to RMHNHS. Nice combination of interactive displays and traditional museum experience with friendly staff. Beautiful stroll along the river bank as well. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 14, 2021
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rlmptl
Lloydminster, Canada1,073 contributions
Sep. 2020
we bought the discovery park pass from Parks Canada so did not have to pay for admission. The building with exhibits has some interesting reading as well as the signs posted along the trail to the old chimneys, black smith shop where there was period dressed men blacksmithing which was interesting. its a beautiful spot by the river to walk leasurly and imagine days gone by. The metis settlement was full of period dressed interactive presentations by knowlegable staff ...dancing, music etc. There was a hike but we did not do it. The place closes at 5. if you are camping dont camp at the parks canada campground. it is in an open field with no shade or privacy and the riverview campground which is wayyyyy better is still not private enough either as the trees are still young unless you have an older seasonal site. My advise is to camp along the David thompson highway in one of the beautiful campgrounds like the Dry Haven or David thompson campsite and avoid camping in Rocky mountain house all together and there was nothing else to do there as well.
Written September 25, 2020
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Dean C
Red Deer, Canada2,274 contributions
Sep. 2020
This is well worth a visit. Fortunately we chose a slow weekday with minimum other guests. It is an opportunity to learn the fur trading and First Nations Culture.
I have to admit the signage to get here is terrible so ask directions and follow the National Park signage carefully.
There are picnic tables and washrooms on site.
Written September 3, 2020
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tcf999
Calgary, Canada66 contributions
Aug. 2020
This was a nice day trip to a somewhat out of the way National Historic site we had never heard of. We learned about the fur trade and Metis culture. This was a very important outpost in the early to mid 1800's for both the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. The famous Canadian explorer David Thompson spent a lot of time here. There is a museum but most of the exhibits are outside. The staff explains the fur trade, the Metis culture and the history of the fur trading posts, all in period costumes. There is a York boat and two Red River carts. Great for a family, all ages. Three nice walking paths of various lengths along the North Saskatchewan river.
Written August 27, 2020
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Olive M
Edmonton, Canada6 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
A great day out. There was alot of unique activities for all ages. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and the museum was really informative.
Written December 12, 2019
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MarkMac69
Antigonish, Canada1,154 contributions
Jul. 2019
We spent about 2 hours checking out the exhibits and chatting with the Staff. Lots of Bison along the road in to the site. Take the time to visit and get a feel for life back in the days of fur trading.
Written October 15, 2019
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