Fort Carlton Provincial Park

Fort Carlton Provincial Park

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Educational Programs

School tours, available for students in K-12, are offered weekdays, starting the Tuesday following the May long weekend, at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 3:45 p.m.  Fees apply; a student rate is available.  Book your program anytime; reservations for a group tour are accepted year-round - just contact the park.

Programs A and B (below) can handle groups larger than 60; however, program adjustments may be required.

New School Program for 2014!

Treaty No. 6: Accepting the Queen's Hand

At this historic signing location of Treaty No. 6, students travel from 1870 to 1885, from a traditional encampment to life after treaty. Through hands-on activities, students will experience daily life of First Nations and Métis and learn how it changed. After taking part in treaty negotiations, they will learn how life after treaty did not live up to the promises made. Activities include tipi-building, re-enacting treaty negotiations, and signing treaty.

Program length:  1 hour and 45 minutes
Maximum group size:  35 people

Program A:  Hands on History

The emphasis is on using hands-on activities to introduce students to fur trade history.  Students visit the Tipi encampment and the stockade buildings.  Activities include examining trade goods and First Nations artifacts, grading furs and playing the spoons.  The Visitor Centre is not part of the tour.

Program length:  1 hour and 45 minutes
Maximum group size:  60 people

Program B:  Introducing Fort Carlton

Students are introduced to the fur and provisions trade of the 1860s.  A fast-paced tour of all the park buildings with limited hands-on activities, this program is recommended for grades 9-12.

Program length:  1 hour and 45 minutes
Maximum group size:  60 people

Program C:  Fine Grade 45

The Hudson's Bay Company packed their finest grade of pemmican into 45 pound bags.  This program combines all the best that Fort Carlton offers.  A hike on the Crossing Place trail where you can view remnants of the famous Carlton Trail, hands-on activities at the tipi encampment and in the stockade, fur grading and baling and the Visitor Centre are all part of this program.

Program length:  3 hours and 30 minutes (offered only at 2:00 p.m.)
Maximum group size:  45 people.

Guided Tours

Group tours are available; please contact the park in advance.  Staff will guide visitors through the fort and buildings.  They are also available for guided walks on the trails.

Historic information focuses on the Hudson's Bay Company, the fur trade in the 1800s and the key role First Nations played in the fur trade.