AAA Editor Notes
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, 5 km (3 mi.) s. on Hwy. 9, is purportedly the oldest intact stone fur-trading post in North America. Farm produce constituted the majority of trade that went on between the locals and the Hudson's Bay Co. The 19th-century buildings have been restored and are furnished as they might have been in their early days. Costumed staff members perform tasks and reenact events that re-create the early 1850s atmosphere of the fort in its heyday. In the 1870s the site served other purposes, including as a training base for the North-West Mounted Police.
The grounds contain an impressive collection of early stone buildings; an exhibit showcases the historic architectural styles. The Visitor Reception Centre offers exhibits about the fort's history. Special events are held occasionally throughout the season.
Pets on leash are allowed. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.