Alberta is steeped in history of First Nations people, the fur trade and missionaries. Historic Dunvegan, a National Historic Site of Canada nestled in the stunning Peace River valley, brings that history to life.
Four original, authentically-restored and furnished buildings are still located in the same places they were over 100 years ago, and historic interpreters are waiting to share the stories that helped shape the province we know today.
After an introduction in the Visitor Centre, you can immerse yourself in the experience with the guidance of historic interpreters. What was life in the Peace Country like a hundred years ago?
- Learn about the goods traded in the Revillon Frères trading store - you might recognize a few familiar brands still around today
- Discover the hardships and devotion of the Oblate priests at the St. Charles Catholic mission, and see original paintings by Father Emile Grouard
- Stand in the living room of the Hudson's Bay Company Factor's house, and imagine the man in charge of Fort Dunvegan and his wife entertaining guests during an evening dance
- Gaze out at teepees in the distant field, historically set up by the local Dunne-za people coming to trade and celebrate
The Visitor Centre is open from May 15 through Labour Day every summer. Tours are offered during this time, and can be personally adjusted depending on your interests and time you have to spend. If you prefer to go at your own pace, interpretive panels throughout the site help facilitate self-guided exploration.
Last reviewed/revised: January 20, 2015