Fort Gibraltar

Discover the sense of adventure and camaraderie!

Originally constructed at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in 1809-10, Fort Gibraltar was a North West Company trading post. It played an impressive role in the development of the Red River Settlement and the legendary conflict between the two fur trading empires: the North West and Hudson’s Bay companies.

In this atmosphere of competition and bitter rivalry our voyageurs continued to work and display their “joie de vivre” by singing, dancing and playing games. Discover this sense of adventure and camaraderie for yourself!

In the winter of 1815 Winnipeg was a very different place. Fort Gibraltar houses many different cabins filled with costumed interpreters ready to engage you in the spirit of a bygone age. Learn the trade of a NWC clerk. Watch traditional craftsmen, like the blacksmith and the carpenter, practice their trade. Listen to the melody of our ancestors through storytelling and music and discover the true meaning of the NWC motto “Perseverance” as you explore our exciting past.

Interpretation Hours

February 16
5 p.m. to midnight
February 17 & 18
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
February 19 
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
February 22
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 23
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 24 
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
February 25
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bar Gibraltar

Festival du Voyageur offers an outdoor bar inside the four walls of Fort Gibraltar! Come join us for a drink at Bar Gibraltar and enjoy the festive ambiance. Come dance to the DJ’s beats, warm-up near the bonfires and prepare to be amazed by the fire juggler. We are sure you will experience something new and unforgettable. Open to all ages.

February 17
9:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 18
9:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 23
9:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 24
9:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Kitchen Party

Take in an authentic voyageur style ho-down in the Cabane des Hivernants inside Fort Gibraltar! Come and listen to historical music featuring traditional instruments and great sing along tunes. Dance along with the voyageurs as they practice their jigging!

Each night in the Hivernants’ Cabin.

Red River Skirmish

Watch an authentic display of historical military tactics right inside Voyageur Park! La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk will be drilling with flintlock muskets and black powder, demonstrating how battles were fought years ago. Join them in Fort Gibraltar before and after the battle, and discuss the reality of a soldier’s life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

February 18 – 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
February 25 – 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Voyageur Apprentice Workshops

Keeping traditions alive has always been an important part of what the Festival du Voyageur does. This is why we invite you to become an apprentice voyageur! For the duration of the festival we will be presenting a series of workshops and demonstrations designed to showcase the arts and crafts practiced by our ancestors. Come and experience what life was like in days gone by through hands-on demonstrations and interactive lectures. Knowledgeable artists and craftspeople will teach you how to do a number of important skills that would have been common knowledge to any voyageur. Let’s preserve these techniques and pass on important skills to future generations. Please note that demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the workshops will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops will be presented on a variety of topics, including:

  • Métis beading
  • Sac à feu Making
  • Tinsmithing
  • Carving & Woodworking
  • Coopering
  • Paper Marbling
  • Interactive Presentations
  • And many many more

Take home a souvenir that you made, just remember to pass that skill along and have fun! For more information regarding workshop schedules please consult our program. Please note that most workshops will take place on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois, remember to show up early; space is limited.


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