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Fort Edmonton

Fort Edmonton Park is Canada's largest living history museum. Nestled in the scenic Edmonton River Valley, Fort Edmonton Park offers a taste of Edmonton's history you'll never forget.
 

Fort Edmonton was a series of trading posts of the Hudson's Bay Company from 1795 to 1891, all of which were located in central Alberta, Canada. It was also the end point of the Carlton Trail, the main overland route for Métis freighters between the Red River Colony and the west. The fifth and final Fort Edmonton was the one that evolved into present-day Edmonton.
 
The spring of 1870 saw Fort Edmonton come under the threat of violence due to a war between the Blackfoot and Cree, resulting from the slaying of Cree Chief Maskipiton. The Blackfoot were unable to ford the North Saskatchewan due to the high spring waters, but they encamped across from Fort Edmonton and harassed it with their muskets nonetheless. Some wagons full of goods had to be abandoned by traders in a hurry to reach safety inside of the fort, and their contents were spoiled by the Blackfoot.

 

Though the fort itself was not invaded, the men within were armed and ready to fight. Chief Factor William Christie chose to withstand the Blackfoot and not attack them, fearing that to do so would only invite further violence against the Hudson's Bay Company.
 

Fifteen years later, on March 19, 1885, during the North West Resistance, Edmonton's telegraph wire was cut. Fearing imminent attack, some settlers took shelter behind the fort's old wooden palisade. No attack happened.
 

Fort Edmonton is open from May 17 to June 26 from 10:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays and 10:00am to 6:00pm on weekends. From June 27 to August 30 it is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily, and keeps limited hours from September 1 to September 27.
 

Located at the corner of Fox Drive and Whitemud Drive.
Ph: (780) 442-5311
Adults: $13.75, Youth $10.50, Child $7.00, 2 and under free. 

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