Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site

School Outreach Programs

School Outreach Programs are education programs that are brought to your school, right into your very own classroom.

Trappers and Trade

A participatory fur trade re-enactment game in your classroom.

Offered December through February

Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site offers to bring to your classroom our participatory fur trade re-enactment game, based on real competition in this region between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company in the 1790s.

The game is led by a historically costumed interpreter who sets the context by discussing the goods to be traded, the characters in the game and the Made Beaver Standard. The game itself has students playing various roles and requires students to move around and work in groups. As the groups compete for furs and trade goods at certain times noise levels in the classroom may reach a dull roar.


  • A minimum of a one hour block of time with 1.5 hours preferred (required for larger groups)
  • A classroom with moveable desks or tables
  • A minimum of 12 students
  • A maximum of 40 students
  • Assistance of a teacher with simple tasks as needed

Purchase Trappers and Trade on CD

The popular Trappers and Trade outreach program is also available on your computer.

This exciting participatory fur trade re-enactment game is uniquely designed to recreate the competition between Fort George and Buckingham House, rival forts of the North West and Hudson’s Bay companies in the 1790’s.

Play Trappers and Trade to discover:

  • the differences between specific native groups coming to trade
  • their motivation for trade
  • the experience of trade
  • the products traded
  • the impact of competition on trade

The game: Requires up to 1.5 hours to complete and must have a minimum of 12 participants.

Instructions: Contains instructions and all sheets, forms, and playing pieces ready to be printed off. The CD also includes background information on the forts, trade and life in the forts. This package is intended to create one complete game and to produce spare parts should any get lost or damaged.

Trappers and Trade requires some additional materials such as dice, protective sheet covers, hard candies and wipe off pens. Complete materials list and assembly instructions are included.

The CD is intended for the production of a single version of the game. Please purchase a second CD if you want to make a second copy. This game is copyrighted. All proceeds go towards programming and improving Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site.

Please send a cheque or money order made out to the Government of Alberta for $25 along with mailing instructions to:

Ross Stromberg
Program Coordinator
Fort George and Buckingham House
#318 5025-49th Ave.
St Paul, Alberta
T0A 3A4

A Day in the Life

Hear it, see it, do it - history comes alive in your classroom!

Offered December through February

Discover the people and events of a day in the 1888s from Victoria Settlement. This "scripted participation" program has students acting out the parts of real historical characters in a set of scenes that reveal many of the economic and social relationships as well as the nature of change in the Northwest of that time. This program is both humorous and serious and is best suited to students in grade three and up. Lead by a historically costumed interpreter, the session—if there is time—finishes with the students making their own button spinner or learning the archaic skill of neck tie tying.


  • A minimum of a 50 minute block of time with 1.25 hours preferred for larger groups to do follow-up activity
  • A classroom that can be arranged to create stage area at the front
  • A minimum of 14 students
  • Assistance of a teacher with handing out supplies and props

Program costs for classes with 25 or less students

  • 1 program costs $110 plus mileage
  • 2 programs cost $165 plus mileage
  • 3 programs cost $195 plus mileage
  • 4 programs cost $210 plus mileage
  • An additional fee of $4.40 per student/per program will charged for student numbers over 25 per program.
  • Mileage will be charged at $0.505 per km to and from St Paul, Alberta.


Enquiries or Bookings

Ross Stromberg, Program Coordinator
(780) 645-6256 between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
Toll-free by first calling 310-0000

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016