Peoples of the North Saskatchewan Festival a Great Success

Posted on May 31, 2018

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We are happy to report that the “People of the North Saskatchewan Festival” on May 15th and 16th, 2018 was a resounding success. The Festival, which is put on annually by the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society, is a free event run primarily by volunteers that showcases Fort Saskatchewan’s history and the stories of the people who built our community more than 100 years ago.

Fort Heritage Precinct staff were thrilled to participate in the Festival as costumed interpreters and were privileged to inform and entertain over 600 eager students each day who visited from many schools in the area.

The Historical Society’s “First Aid Station,” where students got treated for imaginary broken limbs and assorted fractures, was an definite hit. Among a huge variety of exciting demonstrations and activities, students also had the opportunity to learn to churn butter, try homemade bannock, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, and explore the 1875 North West Mounted Police Fort. Students were delighted by the eight different costumed interpreters located throughout the Fort, including interpreters dressed as officers’ wives, enlisted men, a métis cleaner, and Inspector William Jarvis, the Commanding Officer of the original fort in 1875.

Thank you to the Fort Saskatchewan Historic Society for putting on this incredible event! We are already looking forward to next year’s festival!

"Amazing learning connections were made between our study of past and present and your program. Lunch facilities were great. The games and hands on activities we played were so much fun. So many happy faces to be spending time in jail! The tour of village were also extremely well done. Again, the children were kept engaged and involved. The mock trial was great fun. I can’t say enough about your program It is absolutely fanstastic. Your staff does an outstanding job leading the children."