ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS

TAKE A LEAP BACK IN TIME AND EXPERIENCE WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN PIONEER DAYS. FOR OVER 20 YEARS FORT STEELE HAS BEEN EDUCATING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. WITH A CHOICE OF OVER 15 PROGRAMS, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE OF ALL AGES. PROGRAM INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND BELOW!  PROGRAMS RUN FROM END OF APRIL - AUGUST.

3 NEW ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN 2020

CHAPERONE REQUIREMENTS

1 ADULT FOR EVERY 7 KIDS

ANY ADDITIONAL ADULTS WILL BE CHARGED $3.00 TO ATTEND

HOME SWEET HOME 

Learn what life was like in the pioneer days by doing laundry on a washboard, baking Johnny Cake and making Mrs.Clark's famous cinnamon Ice Cream.

Grade K+

Max Students: 30

LENGTH : 2 Hours

PROGRAM TIMES

12:00pm

9:30am

3:00pm

COST : $180.00

SCHOOLHOUSE DAYS

Students will learn 1890’s curriculum, write on wooden slates, and may even wear the dunce cap. Students will have never experienced a classroom quite like Miss Bailey’s!

Grade K+

Max Students : 30

Length: 1.5 Hours

Cost: $140.00

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

12:30pm

3:30pm

MOUNTIE LIFE

Learn the history of why the North West Mounted Police were dispatched to Fort Steele and what life was like as a NWMP member. Learn through hands on activities and marching drills.

Grade 2+

Max Students : 30

Length: 1.5 Hours

Cost: $120.00

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

12:00pm

2:00pm

4:00pm

WORKING RAILROAD

Learn about the Trans Canada Railway and its catastrophic effects on Fort Steele when the town was by-passed by the B.C. Southern Railway. Learn about the demanding work of a railway worker, and view the different equipment and machinery. Students will then finish the program with a pump-cart ride on the tracks.

Grade 2+

Max Students : 30

Length: 1.5 Hours

Cost: $125.00

PROGRAM TIMES

9:30am 

12:00pm

12:00pm

2:30pm

4:15pm

BUILDING A RAILROAD

An addition to Working on the Railroad Program for older students! Learn about the Trans Canada Railway and its catastrophic effects on Fort Steele when the town was by-passed by the B.C. Southern Railway. Learn about the demanding work of a railway worker by building your own set of railway tracks. Students will then finish the program with a pump-cart ride on the tracks.

Grade 4+

Max Students : 30

Length: 2 Hours

Cost: $150.00

PROGRAM TIMES

8:30am 

10:30am

12:30pm

3:00pm

GOLD FEVER

Learn how the 1864 gold rush impacted the area, and made Fort Steele the hub of the Kootenays. Students will get the chance to learn how miners searched for gold, and even get a chance to search for gold themselves. Guaranteed gold for all is available for an extra cost of $12 per participant!

Grade K+

Max Students : 30

Length: 1 Hour

Cost: $150.00

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

12:00pm

2:00pm

4:00pm

RICHES OF ROCKIES

This is an extension of the gold fever program. Students will learn how the 1864 gold rush and other mineral discoveries impacted the area. At the end, students will get the chance to search for gold themselves by panning as miners did in 1864. Guaranteed gold for all is available for an extra cost of $12 per participant!

Grade 2+

Max Students: 30

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $175.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

12:00pm

2:00pm

4:00pm

TRAPPING AND TRADING

Students will work with the currency of the times: animal pelts! With hands-on activities, students will learn about the Hudson Bay Company, the fur trade in Canada, discuss the value and uses of furs as well as orientation skills using compasses.

Grade 2+

Max Students: 30

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $140.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

12:00pm

2:00pm

4:00pm

BLACKSMITH DEMO

Our Blacksmiths engage students with interactive discussion of this essential period trade. Observe live demos of coal forge operations and the shaping of hot iron followed by a fun blacksmith apprentice game.

Grade K+

Max Students: 24

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $130.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

9:30am

11:30am

BLACKSMITH APPRENTICE

An addition to the Blacksmith demo program, our Blacksmiths also engage students with interactive discussion of this essential trade of the times. Students will observe live demos of coal forge operation and be able to take a nail home that they forge themselves!

Grade 5+

Max Students: 6

Length: 2 Hour

Cost: $28/person

 

PROGRAM TIMES

1:00pm

3:30pm

LEATHER WORKING

Learn the tools and history of this significant trade from a historical view. This is a great hands-on program where students, depending on age of participants, will make bookmarks, bracelets, key chains, or gold pouches.

Grade 3+

Max Students: 12

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $15/person

 

PROGRAM TIMES

9:30am

11:30am

1:00pm

3:30pm

 TINSMITHING

Enter the large shop of the local tinsmith and dive into this historical trade. Students will gain a greater understanding of the importance of tin and its influence on the 1890’s. Students will get to take home their very own hand made project.

Grade 2+

Max Students: 12

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $15/person

 

PROGRAM TIMES

9:30am

11:30am

1:00pm

3:30pm

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Students will get to work with Fort Steele’s Clydesdale horses and learn the importance of animal care. They will then tour around the entire site to visit other animals and learn their importance to Fort Steele’s past and present as well. Students will then end the program with a wagon ride around town.

Grade K+

Max Students: 15

Length: 1.5 Hour

Cost: $125.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

10:00am

11:30am

1:30pm

3:30pm

WAGON RIDE ONLY

Travel like one did in the pioneer days on one of our old heritage wagons around our town.

ANY AGE

Max Participants: 15

Length: 20 Min

Cost: $80.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

ANYTIME BETWEEN

10am - 4pm

ARTIFACT  DISCOVERY

Take a behind the scenes tour of Fort Steele. Groups will explore our underground collections to examine and handle the stored artifacts. At the end of the program students will do an archeological activity and experience the life of a real Curator.

GRADE 2+

Max Participants: 15

Length: 1.5 Hours

Cost: $150.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

9:30am

12:00pm

2:00pm

FISHERVILLE TOUR

Take a tour of the old grounds where the gold town of Fisherville once stood. Walk part of the remaining part of the Dewdney Trail, eat an apple in Mr.Griffiths apple orchard, take a look at the Chinese burial grounds, and view the immense effects of Hydraulic and placer mining. (Note: Fisherville is located 7km up a dirt road from Fort Steele and own transportation is required to meet a Fort Steele staff member there)

GRADE 4+

Max Participants: 30

Length: 2.5 - 3 Hours

Cost: $225.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

PROGRAM TIMES

9:00am

12:00pm

NEW!

FORT STEELE FOLLIES

Learn some basics to acting and recreate events that occurred in the 1890s in Fort Steele. Scripts are sent out prior to group arrival to work on memorization. Once at Fort Steele students will get the chance to get costumes and props and then perform their scenes for their fellow mates on the streets of Fort Steele or on the Wildhorse Theatre stage.

(Note: Not Available in July/August)

PROGRAM TIMES

3:00pm

6:00pm

GRADE 5+

Max Participants: 25

Length: 3 Hours

Cost: $225.00

 

NEW!

MOVIE NIGHT 

Bring your favourite DVD movie and watch it on the big screen at the Wildhorse Theatre. Popcorn is available at an extra cost of $1.00 per person.

ALL AGES

Cost: $80.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

EVENINGS 

GOSSIP TOURS

Come on our walking tour with one of Fort Steele's very own residents, and hear about the inside scoop of Fort Steele in 1898.

ALL AGES

Max Participants: 25

Length: 45 Min

Cost: $60.00

 

PROGRAM TIMES

ANYTIME BETWEEN 10am - 4pm

TRAIN RIDE 

Take a ride on our 1077 steam locomotive. Note: Only available for July and August months!

ALL AGES

Length: 30 Min

Cost: $8.00/Rider

 

PROGRAM TIMES

AT TRAIN TIMES

NEW! SCAVENGER HUNTS

With 6 different hunts of all levels there is for sure a hunt for you. Receive hunts that will teach you about our town and some of the history through pictures and word questions.

ALL AGES

Cost: $0.50/hunt printed

(This activity is done at groups own time and pace)

 

Tel: +1 (250) 417 6000

Cell: +1 (250) 919 7022

Fax: 250 489 2624

9851 Highway 93/95

Fort Steele, BC, Canada

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