Historic Sites & Ranches

Guided tours on the grounds of Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos, B.C. PHOTO COURTESY SEAN FENZL

The Canadian West is defined by the First Nations people, fur traders, miners, NWMP and cowboys who made this land their home and created a legacy and history that we honour.


Barkerville Historic Town
Barkerville, B.C.
A 19th century gold-mining town with Theatre Royal shows, exhibits, entertaining street theatre during the summer, and unique shops. Special events each summer. barkerville.ca

Fort St. James National Historic Site
Fort St. James, B.C.
This restored, authentic Hudson’s Bay Company post comes alive in the summer with history guides recreating the 1896 fur trade era. fortstjames.ca

Fort Steele Heritage Town
Fort Steele, B.C.
A Historic ghost town with preserved buildings and historic displays. Enjoy dramatic re-enactments of the town’s gold rush history of the 1890s. fortsteele.ca

Historic Hat Creek Ranch
Cache Creek, B.C.
Explore the original buildings and the long-standing partnership between the Shuswap Nation First Nations. historichatcreek.ca

Historic O’Keefe Ranch
Vernon, B.C.
Discover 19th century ranch and community buildings and heritage livestock. Visit their website for the full slate of cowboy and ranch events hosted onsite. okeeferanch.ca

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin
Williams Lake, B.C.
Features the history of the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, and Dakelh First Nations, and the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. cowboy-museum.com


Glenbow Museum
130 9th Ave S.E., Calgary, Alta.
Discover Western Canadian art and culture. glenbow.org

Royal Alberta Museum
9810 103a Ave NW, Edmonton, Alta.
Enjoy Canadian and World culture. royalalbertamuseum.ca

Heritage Park
Calgary, Alta.
Explore the largest heritage park in Canada; open year-round. heritagepark.ca

Áísínai’pi, Writing On Stone Provincial Park
Milk River, Alta.
Enjoy the nature preserve, vision- quest site and more. albertaparks.ca

Bar U Ranch NHS
Longview, Alta.
Tour this historic ranch and visitor centre in the foothills. pc.gc.ca

Rocky Mountain House (NHS)
Rocky Mountain House, Alta. A historic site of rival fur trading posts. pc.gc.ca

Fort Calgary
Calgary, Alta.
Explore the original site of NWMP fort, with interpretive centre. fortcalgary.com

Fort Museum
Fort Macleod, Alta.
Visit the home of the First NWMP Musical Ride. nwmpmuseum.com

Fort Whoop Up
Lethbridge, Alta.
Trading post and centre of the illegal whiskey trade. fortwhoopup.com


Batoche NHS
Batoche, Sask.
Discover and learn about this Métis community and site of the 1885 North West Rebellion. pc.gc.ca

Fort Walsh NHS
Cypress Hills, (Maple Creek) Sask.
Enjoy the costumed interpreters, activities and tours. pc.gc.ca

Fort Battleford NHS
Battleford, Sask.
Explore original NWMP buildings and enjoy tours. pc.gc.ca

Motherwell Homestead NHS
Abernethy, Sask.
Explore a 1882 farmstead, with stone farmhouse from Western Canada settlement period. pc.gc.ca

Western Development Museums
Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, North Battleford,
Sask. Three museums, each celebrating Saskatchewan. wdm.ca

RCMP Heritage Centre
Regina, Sask.
An independent museum encompassing the history and lore of the NWMP to today’s RCMP. rcmphc.com