Who’s ready for a classic holiday experience at a provincial Heritage Site? Located on the traditional land of the Ktunaxa First Nation, Fort Steele offers visitors a glimpse into BC’s past, while still appealing to those out there who want to indulge in seasonal delights.
History of Fort Steele
Formerly known as Kootenay Post, Fort Steele was built in 1887 by Superintendent “Sam” Steele as the first North West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P.) post in BC. In 1925, the fort was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.
Flash forward to today, and the not-for-profit Friends of Fort Steele Society runs the heritage town on behalf of the provincial government. Established in 1989, the group manages Fort Steele as a living history museum, allowing visitors to roam the historic settlement and take part in a variety of seasonal activities.
In addition to meeting heritage livestock (including Clydesdale horses, donkeys, and turkeys) year-round, visitors can check out various concerts, screenings, and annual events like the Kootenay Country Fair, Spooktacular, and summer attractions, which include a historic train ride.
Winter events & attractions
As for the winter months, the 98 heritage buildings and structures onsite may be closed for the season, but there is still plenty of fun to be had. For one, Fort Steele will offer visitors sleigh and wagon rides every Sunday in December, weather permitting.
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Here are other events and activities to check out this month:
- Pictures with Father Christmas at Lambi House from 11 am to 3 pm – Sunday, December 10th
- ELF screening at the Wild Horse Theatre at 1 pm ($2 admission) – Sunday, December 10th
- Festive craft activities at the International Hotel from 11 am to 12:30 pm ($2 per craft) – Sunday, December 10th
- A Christmas Tea at the Windsor Hotel at 2 pm (reservation only) – Sunday, December 10th
- Christmas Concert & Sing-along at 1 pm at the Wild Horse Theatre – Sunday, December 17th
The heritage town is currently open from 10 am to 3 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. During the winter season, admission is by donation.
So there you have it, BC! If you’re looking for a family-friendly attraction this holiday season that’s full of interesting history and charm, look no further than here.
Where: 9851 BC-95, Fort Steele, BC