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

School Programs

At Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site we believe history and culture are most easily understood when grounded in experience. We offer a variety of interactive, hands–on educational programs that give students the opportunity to experience the past for them selves.

Each program focuses on a particular facet of the story of the people associated with the Forts and is designed to meet particular curriculum objectives. Key strands and outcomes are identified for each program.

General Tour – Our Story - Grades 3 and Up

The General Tour or Littlies Tour are an essential part of any visit.

Discover the stories of the people who lived worked and traded at the Forts. These forts brought people of European and Native cultures together for the purpose of trade. Learn the stories of the Native and European people who lived, worked, and traded at the forts. Your students will learn about the international connections; the resources involved; the purpose and nature of trade; and the role of culture and community in the fur trade of the 1790's. Our guided tour takes your students through our modern interpretive gallery, then along a wooded trail to the sites of the archaeological remains of the two forts. Your students will stand where history really happened.

Economics and Resources; Global connections; Power and authority; The Land: Places and People
Grade 3 - Quality of Life
Grade 4 - Stories, Histories, and People of the Alberta Government
Grade 5 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada; Shaping an Identity Grade 7 - Towards Confederation

Historical thinking; Geographic thinking

Littlies Tour - Grades ECS-2

Get ready for your students to use their imaginations, sing a song and dress up as they discover the story of the forts from long ago. Designed with younger students in mind, this exploration of life in the fur trade has students feeling the soft furs, getting dressed in historic costumes, visiting the tipi, discovering the importance of the bison and trying their hands at trade. The story is captured on an adventure board for those who want to tell it again.

The Land: Places and People - Relationships Between People and the Land
Grade 1 - My History My Community
Grade 2 - A Community in the Past

Respecting cultural diversity; Appreciating literature, the arts, and the creative process

Bison Hunt - Grades ECS – 2

Students will learn about the importance of the bison in everyday life of the native people of the plains and of the fur traders. Before the arrival of fire arms, hunting bison required participation and cooperation of the whole community to succeed. Each student will learn about the uses of the bison and then create their own stick horse "prairie pony". Then they will participate in a simulated Bison hunt where they will test their skill and speed as they cooperatively drive our friendly bison into a traditional hunting pound.

Culture and Community / Economics and Resources
Grade 1 - My history My Community
Grade 2 - A Community in the Past

History of Canada; Understanding the physical world; Respecting cultural diversity; Active lifestyle; Appreciation for the arts

Fur Factor - Voyageur Skills Competition - Grade 2 to adult

Here is an opportunity for your students to learn while having fun discovering if they have what it takes to be a voyageur. Through participation outdoors in a fun series of team competitions, participants discover some of the skills and abilities needed at the forts in the 1790's.

Culture and Community
Grade 2 - Community in the Past
Grade 4 - People of Alberta
Grade 5 - Shaping Identity
Grade 7 - Toward Confederation

History and Geography of Canada; Initiative, leadership, flexibility, and persistence; Active lifestyle

Archaeology - the Puzzle of the Past - Grade 3 - 6

Archaeology is all about discovering the past and how people lived. Students will work in teams to excavate, record and solve the puzzle of the past found in our dig simulation boxes. This program brings the purpose, practices and processes of archaeology to life.

Time, Continuity and Change
Grade 4 - Alberta: Celebrations and Challenges - Archaeology
Grade 5 - The Land, History and Stories

Demonstrating critical and creative thinking

From the Bounty of the Land - Grades 4 and up

Two hundred years ago the European fur traders brought few items other than tools and trade goods to the fur posts and depended on the indigenous people and the land for what they needed to survive. Your students will learn how the people of the forts used the plants, animals, and natural resources found in and around the site for food, medicine, housing, transportation and tools.

The Land: Places and People, Economics and Resources
Grade 4 - Celebrations and Challenges, The Land, Histories and Stories
Grade 5 - Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada

Understanding the physical world, ecology, and diversity of life

Trappers and Trade - Grade 4 to adult

This is our all-time most popular program and is based on the real historical competition between the two forts at this site. In this fur trade role-play game, students become clerk traders representing the forts or trappers representing groups of people coming to trade. The companies compete for furs while the trappers bargain and trade for the items they want. Students are immersed into the fur trade, deal using the Made Beaver standard, and discover for them selves the power of competition.

Economics and Resources, Power, Authority and Decision-making, Global Connections
Grade 4 - Stories, Histories and People of Alberta, Histories and Stories of a Way of life in Canada, Shaping an Identity
Grade 7 - Towards Confederation
Grade 9 - Issue for Canadians: Economics

Learning the history and geography of Canada; Understanding Canada's political and economic systems within a global context; Using mathematics to solve problems in business; Demonstrating critical and creative thinking skills in problem-solving and decision-making; Evaluating your own endeavours; Managing time and resources

This program can also be purchased on CD.

Reserve your May or June Education Program now!

Booking Information

Labour Day through May 15
Phone: (780) 645-6256, or call toll-free by dialling 310 0000 first
Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 15 through Labour Day
Phone: (780) 724-2611, or call toll-free by dialling 310-0000 first
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TDD/TTY phone 1 (800) 232-7215

$3 per student, per program (all programs)
No charge for accompanying adults and bus driver (up to a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students)

Programs run between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays from May 15 through Labour Day.

Last reviewed/revised: January 11, 2017