Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Challenge your Inner Explorer.

rocky mountain house national historic siteExplore Indigenous programs—from horse teachings to First Nation drumming and dance, to traditional games and cooking bannock over a campfire. Visit the Métis camp, blacksmith forge, boathouse and fort sites. Learn a new trade or craft dating back to the fur trade era and beyond. See how Red River Carts and York Boats were made. Roll up your sleeves to make your own drum, dream-catcher, or traditional craft using beads, quills, leather and textiles.

Stroll along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, original highway to the west. Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous Peoples, fur traders and legendary explorer David Thompson. Experience the archeological remains of four fur trade posts and seven kilometres of nature trails. Marvel at a bison herd.

Stay awhile and experience camping along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in your own tent or RV or try camping in a tipi or Métis trapper’s tent as you might have done 200 years ago. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of the fur trade. Light a fire with a flint and steel and enjoy eating bannock and drinking trapper’s tea by the banks of the river.

Come by the visitor centre to learn about life at a trading post and take home a unique souvenir. Kids can enjoy the playfort, Métis demonstrations, and David Thompson puppet show. For more adventurous explorers, use the boat launch to get onto the river and paddle the Brierley Rapids in your canoe or kayak.

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site is 6km west of the town of Rocky Mountain House. Just off of the Cowboy Trail (#22) and at the gateway to the mountains in the west along the spectacular David Thompson Highway (#11).

Open daily from May 10 to September – 10am to 5pm
Open Thursday to Sunday in September – 10am to 5pm
For more information, visit the website at pc.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse or get in touch with us:
Rocky.info@pc.gc.ca or 403-845-2412

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site Events:

  • Métis Homecoming: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ab/rockymountain/ne.aspx
  • Voyageurs Rendezvous
    A Canada 150 Signature Event
    Join us on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River for celebrations and a re-enactment of the epic 1967 Centennial cross-Canada Canoe Race. From lead-up activities in June to launch day on July 1st, follow the excitement as up to 26 teams of paddlers from across the country race downriver, voyageur-style, from Rocky Mountain House to the Pas, Manitoba.
  • June 21-26: Fur Trade Paddling School, for students from across Canada.
  • June 28: Voyageurs Parade, with race teams and their North Canoes.
  • June 29: Voyageur Whitewater Canoe Race.
  • June 30: Pancake breakfast with 1967 and 2017 race teams.
  • July 1: Opening ceremonies, and cheer teams on as they begin their 23-day race downriver! All Welcome! For times and locations for these events: www.voyageursrendezvous.ca
  • June 21 – National Aboriginal Day
    A day of honouring the deep Indigenous connections to this site, with stories, crafts, games, Indigenous music and dance.
  • June 24 to August 26 – Saturday Yoga at the Site*
    Presented by the Confluence Heritage Society in collaboration with Prana Yoga College. Every Saturday, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • July 1 – Canada Day Celebrations
    A full day of family programs followed by an outdoor concert and fireworks.
  • August 18 – Stargazing
    Party with the stars, watch the Milky Way spill across the sky with astronomy experts and telescopes. Free, no pre-registration required.
  • Summer Day Camps (July and August)*
    Fun-filled day camps, bringing the site to life for kids. Operated by the Confluence Heritage Society.

*Pre-registration required, call 403.845.6680.

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