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Fur Traders Cheer on Lakehead University’s Thunderwolves PDF Print E-mail
When Lakehead University's varsity hockey team The Thunderwolves faced-off against the Ryerson Rams at Fort William Gardens January 16th, they had some additional fan support courtesy of the Canadian fur trade.

Some fur traders from Fort William Historical Park were in ample evidence rooting for the home team during Fort William Historical Park Night.

As part of the evening activities, the Fort's mascot, Willy the Voyageur, took to the ice along with Wolfy, the Thunderwolves mascot, during period intermissions. A Fort bagpiper also added a bit of heritage flavour.

Costumed Fort greeters were also handing out flyers and posters promoting Fort's Voyageur Winter Carnival February 14th-16th, March Break Day Camp and other seasonal programming.

As part of its escalating community branding initiative, the Fort has had significant promotional profile at Thunderwolves' games over the past few years.  Offenders banished to the penalty box during LU games find themselves in the Fort's "jail," (or "gaol," the heritage spelling) emblazoned by the prominent Fort logo.

Evidently, the fur traders brought some good luck with them. LU went on to win the game 8-0.


Lt Gov Visits FWHP PDF Print E-mail
The Honourable David C. Onley, O.Ont, demonstrated his keen interest in history by paying a visit to Fort William Historical Park, August 26th.


The Lieutenant Governor was on a two-day visit to Thunder Bay. His Honour had journeyed to the city to unveil a commemorative plaque at the former site of the Port Arthur Isolation Hospital in honour of the Thunder Bay & District Post-Polio Chapter.

However, amidst various meetings and functions, His Honour managed to take time out of his busy itinerary to pay a visit to the Fort, accompanied by the Mayor of Thunder Bay, Lynn Peterson. 


During his tour, His Honour was presented with a handcrafted brass lantern bearing the Lieutenant Governor‘s Coat of Arms produced by tinsmith Joe Winterburn. His Honour also participated in the christening of a birch back canoe which was also adorned with the Lieutenant Governor's Coat of Arms on the vessel's bow, constructed by canoe builder Dave Brown.


Later that evening, the Lieutenant Governor addressed a reception held in McGillivray's Landing banquet room in the Fort's Visitor Centre.


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Farming as a Way of Life PDF Print E-mail
School Programs

Learn about our roots, from hunter-gatherer societies to farming communities, exploring both as they existed on the north shore of Lake Superior two centuries ago. Find out why organized farming started out as a revolution, and continues to change the world we live in today.

Grade 7 - Science & Technology - Understanding Life Systems
Grade 7 - Geography - Patterns in Physical Geography / Natural Resources

1.5 hrs
Sep - Jun
$6.00 / student

The Good, the Bad and the Hungry PDF Print E-mail
School Programs

Our nineteenth-century farm becomes the learning lab for this investigation into the trials and tribulations humanity has faced in the pursuit of agriculture. Roll up your sleeves and experience small-scale farming practices, and compare to modern industrial methods. Consider some of the environmental, social and economic consequences of how we choose to grow food in the modern world.

Grade 9 - Science - Sustainable Ecosystems
Grade 11 - Science - Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry


2 hrs
Sep - Jun
$6.00 / student



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Contact Information

Fort William Historical Park     
1350 King Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7K 1L7

Reservations: 807-473-2344
Admissions: 807-473-2347
Administration: 807-577-8461
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