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One of six North-West Mounted Police forts in the region, Fort Battleford National Historic Site preserves and commemorates the events of the Conflict of 1885, taking place at the fort.
Fort Battleford NHS is set just west of Saskatoon, easily accessible via SK-16 and SK-4. The park is only about 210 kilometres from Prince Albert, and just 140 kilometres from Saskatoon.
The central Saskatchewan park is open seven days week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from early July through early September.
From late May through late June, park availability is restricted to Monday through Friday. The park is closed from early September to late March each year.
Attractions & Activities
There are plenty of ways to get in touch with the history and nature found at Fort Battleford. Most notably, you’ll want to take a tour of the fort; self-guided audio tours delve deep into the fort’s nearly 150-year old history, roaming the grounds and exploring five of the original buildings.
If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, check out a Fort Battleford lantern-lit ghost walk, generally held in August. The staff will guide you through sites like the Commanding Officer’s Residents and Officer’s Quarters after dark, searching for the “ghosts” of Fort Battleford.
If you won’t be around in August, no worries; Fort Battleford hosts a kinds of special events all throughout the year, including Fort Fest, Canada Day, and Halloween Haunted Fort. Check the calendar before or during your fort visit to see when a special event will be taking place.
Speaking of special events, so the first thing you think of when we say “historic site” is disc golf, right? Well, it should be, because at Fort Battleford, each admission includes a free round of competitive, nine-hole disc golf. Even better, come back for the annual Disc Golf Tourney hosted in July.