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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Ken C
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jet172018
Glasgow, UK9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Brad W
Red Wing, Minnesota, United States16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I chose to stop here for the night, just on the basis of location, on the first leg of my way back from Banff. Booked a walk-in campsite at the campground, a couple of miles from the Historic Site itself. I was a bit concerned about the wind, as I'd been having trouble on this trip, setting and keeping my tent up with strong gusts. It turned out to be no problem. The walk-in sites are nestled in a sort of hollow, below the entry gate, and between there and the river. A very pleasant site.
Written June 27, 2024
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Joanne D
Canada138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Lovely National Historic site. I wish we could have stayed longer, but time constraints did not allow that. Plus we lost time and got confused, going to the camping part of the park first. The signage was a little confusing.The staff were knowledgeable and helpful. Get there early, and if you like to hike, you are at the right place to get to know the history of our great country, on two great trails. We were even met by ALL eight bison, right at the entrance, and seeing as they roam quite a large paddock, we were very fortunate indeed to see them all up so close. I almost felt like I was living in 1875, the site is such a well preserved glimpse of time travel… bucolic, peaceful and so beautiful, right there on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River. A must see!
Written June 19, 2023
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21226
Penticton, Canada241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Good parking, inside exhibits done very well about the area. It was a good weather day when we were here so the trails and story boards were a great visit. Well done. No food ( which was a surprise ) Staff could have some further classes on being friendly and socializing with visitors. More staff here than visitors during our tome here, and no one stopped to talk. Too busy chatting with one another. (May 13)
Written May 20, 2024
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Dean C
Red Deer, Canada2,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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CanuckAlberta
Alberta647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Eric D
Edmonton, Canada241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
If you want to get relax with great scenery Rocky Mountain is not bad to visit.It is approxiamately 45 mins from Red Deer ,Crimson lake good to visit too.Perfect to be away from the city
Written August 5, 2015
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Thanks so much your review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit!
Written September 26, 2017
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Dylan W
Calgary, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Myself and a friend just spent two nights camping in a teepee and it was so much fun. The staff were so friendly and helpful and very knowleadgable. We opted for the enhanced camping kit and we are so glad we did. It came with vintage cups, plates and cutlery as well as cooking materials such as a kettle and a pan so we were able to do all our cooking over the fire. The teepee was spacious and clean however if it calls for heavy rain, perhaps opt for the trappers tent as the teepees leak and you can end up with a wet bed. There is lots to do and learn at the site and makes for a fun weekend!
Written May 23, 2016
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Thanks so much for your great review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your weekend camping in a tipi. Hope to see you again soon.
Written September 26, 2017
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Renee H
Chestermere, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Very cool place to stop in at! We walked the interpreted walking path along the North Saskatchewan river! They have buffalo on site the we viewed from a distance. Cool to see the history and experience David Thompsons journey and where the river brought them! The original Hudsons Bay company forts footprint are neet to see, I swear you can feel the history!!! And it was fun to step back in time by touring the fun fort! Friendly staff and decent cost to visit the museum at the site. Worth a stop!!
Written April 21, 2016
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Thanks so much for your excellent review. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the site (particularly our staff, we'll make sure to pass along the message). Hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit!
Written September 26, 2017
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