Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Follow in the footsteps of Indigenous Peoples, fur traders, and legendary explorer David Thompson.

rocky mountain house national historic siteExplore Indigenous programs—from 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. 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, Métis trapper’s tent or trapline cabin. 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 3D Virtual Reality Experience, 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 or get in touch with us: or 403-845-2412

Campground Reservations are now available. Visit us at to camp in a tipi, trappers tent or trapline cabin or to access the RV and walk-in tenting campgrounds.