Public programs

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

The Lower Fort Garry grounds are open for visitors to enjoy. The Visitor Centre, washrooms and all historic buildings are closed.

Tours (July 2 to Sept. 4)

Join our knowledgeable and engaging interpreters for a guided tour of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site! Reserve your spot by emailing  Email address: or calling  Phone number: 204-785-6050 (or  Phone number: 204-785-6055 on weekends).


Beavers to Buicks – Daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm for walk-ups, or book your tour in advance

Did you know that Lower Fort Garry was once used as a penitentiary? An asylum?

Join us on a guided tour that explores the unique and varied history and uses of Lower Fort Garry. Explore our buildings and learn about how the site has evolved to meet changing economic needs and demands. Discover it all, and take a look behind the scenes in this all-encompassing tour!

Special notes:

  • Reservation is required for groups.
  • This experience is outdoors, be prepared, weather can change at any time.
  • This guided tour has limited accessibility.

Workshops (July and August)

Please call to reserve these programs in advance of your visit. Please call Phone number: 204-785-6055 or email
Email address: in order to book your workshop.

It’s one thing to hear about the skills practised by the residents of Lower Fort Garry. But it’s more fun to try them out for yourself! Enhance your visit to Lower Fort Garry by taking part in one or more of our workshops. These workshops are offered daily in July and August.

Fees apply for these public programs. For programming that is included with the cost of admission, check out A Walk Through History.


Bake a bannock
Bake a bannock at Lower Fort Garry 

Learn the basics of heritage cooking! From the quern to the hearth, you’ll participate in the preparation of bannock and butter, and get to sample the delicious fruits of your labour.

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Simon Says Blacksmithing
Blacksmithing at Lower Fort Garry 

The invaluable historic trade of blacksmithing is finally within your grasp. Under the direction of a trained blacksmith, you will use tongs, hammers and your own anvil to create a small keepsake as your first step in mastering the craft. In addition, you’ll get the chance to mint your own Lower Fort Garry medallion.

This activity uses soft metals which allow for a safer, non-heated form of blacksmithing, so you can safely engage history in a hands-on way.

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Candle making
Candle making at Lower Fort Garry 

The craft of candle making was historically one that most families participated in together. Using all the historic methods, prepare to get your hands dirty while creating your very own candle.

You’ll participate in the candle making process from start to finish. After a couple of weeks in your home freezer, your candles should be ready to light.

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

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