Fort Battleford National Historic Site of Canada
Fort Battleford is the northernmost stop on the Old Forts Trail. Fort Battleford was the 5th post established by the North West Mounted Police on the junction of the North Saskatchewan and Battle Rivers in 1876. The Post became vital as the Town of Battleford was earlier named capital of the North West Territories. Even after the advent of the railroad and the moving of the capital to Regina in 1883, the fort remained an important police post.
The Fort is of particular significance for its role in the 1885 resistance. Fort Battleford was the base for military operations, a shelter for 500 Battleford residences that feared for their safety, and the aid in the search for Chief Big Bear and the arrest of Chief Poundmaker. Following these events, the largest mass hanging in Canadian History occurred on site in November 1885. Then, eight First Nations men were executed within the Fort for their role in murders during the resistance. Fort Battleford remained open until 1924 when it was closed.
Today you can find 5 original NWMP buildings, costumed staff, and Canada’s largest weapons demonstrations.
For more information, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/battleford
What to Explore:
- Daily cannon demonstrations
- Fully operational Gift Shop with many souvenirs
- Costumed staff in first person animation
- Numerous “green” technologies located on site
- Special events throughout the summer months
- Other local attractions in the Battlefords include; The Western Development Museum, Allan Sapp Gallery, and Battlefords Provincial Park