THUNDER BAY – Fort William Historical Park offers visitors a look at where Northwestern Ontario has been, and in many ways offers insights into where we are going. In the early days, when the fur trade was booming, Fort William was operated by the Northwest Company, which was in serious competition with the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Back in 1815 the fur trade was at its height. The strong partnership that the Northwest Company established with the Ojibway people in what would later become Thunder Bay, were the foundation of the economy. Today, that history is starting to repeat itself. First Nations in Northern Ontario are forging new partnerships with modern day companies.
Fort William Historical Park today is a way for young and old to enjoy history, have fun and share time with friends and family.
Over the Family Day weekend, FWHP hosted the winter carnival, thousands of people enjoyed the warmth of the facility. There were many attractions, from tubing, naming the baby lamb, watching or listening to music and entertainment. The juggler and ventriloquist had children of all ages smiling and laughing.
Visitors also got to enjoy a tasty Canadian tradition, maple syrup on a stick.
Over the course of the season, FWHP will feature many festivals. There is always something going on at FWHP. The facility offers meeting facilities, with the most up-to-date facilities. This summer, mark your calendars: June 2-3, 2012; Spring Round Up. July 1, 2012; Canada Day. July 7-8, 2012; Great Rendezvous. July 7-8, 2012; Anishnawbe Keeshigan. July 21-22, 2012; Celtic Fair. July 28-29, 2012; War of 1812 Bicentennial Salute.
The staff and managers at FWHP report, “Over 5000 people came to the Fort this past Family Day long weekend. We would just like to extend our thanks to all who attended!”
If you missed the Winter Carnival, start making plans not to miss the upcoming events.
Here is a little taste to start your vacation or staycation planning: