FORT WILLIAM HISTORIC PARK REOPENING JUNE 3, 2022 – Lake Superior News

currently available for weddings and conferences, with living history tours

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ May 31, 2022 (LSNews) Following severe flooding from the Kaministiquia River, the restoration of Fort William Historic Park is well underway. The site is currently available for weddings and conferences, with living history tours and use of the campground resuming Friday, June 3. Full public program activities will resume on Canada Day, with summer day camps continuing as planned in July and August.

“In the past two weeks since the flood, the Fort William Historical Park team, including our newly hired students, have gone out of their way to clean up and restore the park,” said Patrick Morash, Director General of Fort William Historical Park. “We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages again soon.”

One of the largest living history sites in North America, the park includes Fort William, the inland headquarters of the North West Company, the world’s largest fur trading empire in the early 19e century. Fort William Historical Park also serves as a gateway to learn about the traditional way of life, culture and heritage of the Anishinaabe, the indigenous people of the region. There are plenty of exciting and affordable activities this summer for visitors of all ages, including Canada Day and Anishnawbe Keeshigun events, night sky and sun viewing at the David Thompson Astronomical Observatory, and camps day camp for 7 to 9 year olds.

For more information about Fort William Historical Park, including upcoming programming, fees and directions to the park, please visit fwhp.ca.

Fast facts

  • From May 12-14, 2022, Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) was flooded by the Kaministiquia River. The Flood Response Plan was activated to minimize damage to the site, including relocating farm animals to higher ground, limiting employee access and closing the property to the public.
  • Last fall, FWHP implemented its annual site overwintering plan. This plan included preparation for a potential flood, helping to minimize the risk of damage to artifacts and buildings.
  • Flooding continues to affect many areas in Thunder Bay and throughout the region. The FWHP continues to work closely with regulatory authorities, including the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority and Ontario Power Generation, to monitor water levels in the region’s watershed.

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