DescriptionWelcome to Fort Steele Heritage Town where history comes alive! The origins of Fort Steele can be traced back to the small settlement of Galbraith Ferry born during the 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush. Today, over 60 restored or reconstructed homes and buildings are waiting to take visitors back to yesteryear. Treat yourself to the experience of life in Fort Steele and it's guaranteed that part of your memory will remain here forever.
Fort Steele Heritage Town is open year-round (weather permitting) with varying levels of programming in effect from season to season. Call for current schedules. Take in some of the scheduled street dramas that happen around the site, bringing both the seamy and delightful facts of the town's history to life before your eyes. Visit with the blacksmith, leatherworker and tinsmith, or call on one of the houses for some homemade cookies or ice cream!
The only vehicles you'll have to watch out for here are the horse drawn wagons that circle the town giving narrated tours. Parents can relax and enjoy a fresh baked cinnamon bun from the Bakery while kids play across the street in the schoolyard. Stay a while and take in a Wild Horse Theatre show, a steam train ride, and a lunch at the International Hotel Restaurant. Enjoy the many gardens beautifying Fort Steele and reflecting the importance of homegrown food. A variety of heritage plants are grown which are commonly found in family gardens prior to modern conveniences such as grocery stores.
The historic Windsor Hotel has undergone sweeping interior renovations. Soon, (official opening date is TBD), there will be 2 suites and 4 rooms available for overnight accommodation. The Windsor stands to this day on its original location and is classified as an official heritage building. Great care has been taken to restore this iconic hotel with historical accuracy.
Dinosaurs Unearthed - Whether it's the life-size, roaring T.rex head coming out of a wall, getting hands dirty playing paleontologist in the dig site or taking the large-scale graphics, Dinosaurs Unearthed offers a unique and exciting learning experience for guests of all ages.
Fort Steele Heritage Town offers 14 grade school programs which are delivered by trained and costumed interpreters. All of these programs are designed to fit with specific curriculum components and have a recommended grade level. Details can be viewed on their website.
Enter an era when time moved more slowly, when life appeared simpler and when the decorative arts were present in everything from the cast iron range to the designer wallpaper.
Wheelchair accessible washrooms.