Public programs

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site


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


Beavers to Buicks – Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 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.
  • Available from July 2 to August 28.


Available from July 2 to August 28

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 – Mondays at 2 p.m.
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

Heritage chocolate – Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Heritage chocolate at Lower Fort Garry 

Discover the delicious history of chocolate. Cocoa has been enjoyed by kings, governors, soldiers and fur traders alike. You will work together to prepare a heritage hot chocolate recipe and enjoy the delicious rewards of your labour.

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Historic ice cream – Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
Heritage ice cream at Lower Fort Garry 

Explore the delectable history of ice cream! This workshop will challenge you with the basics of a scientific inquiry while being immersed in the stimulating story of how this tasty treat came to the prairies. Of course, you’ll finish off with a taste of the finished product!

Length: 45 to 60 minutes

Blacksmithing – Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
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, each you’ll get the chance to mint your own metal 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 – Fridays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
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

Note: All workshops are available for pre-booking or by request during regular operating hours. On-site requests are first-come, first-served, so book in advance to secure your spot. For more information or to pre-book, email or call 204-785-6050 (or 204-785-6055 on weekends).

Other fun at Lower Fort Garry

Available from July 2 to September 5

Birthday parties – Have the best birthday ever at Lower Fort Garry! Pick two activities and a traditional treat.
Drive Through History – Discover the history and architecture that helped shape much of Southern Manitoba in this 90-minute experience through the Red River Valley from the comfort of your car.


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