Historic Dunvegan

Be our guest - Free admission for wildfire evacuees

Now until September 5th, 2016, regular admission fees will be waived at provincially-owned historic sites and museums for evacuees of the Alberta wildfires. Evacuees will be required to provide photo identification or a postal code as proof of residency for family admission. We hope access to our sites and museums provides an opportunity for displaced Albertans to enjoy some activities together during this difficult time.

Alberta is steeped in history of First Nations people, the fur trade and missionaries. Historic Dunvegan, a National Historic Site of Canada nestled in the stunning Peace River valley, brings that history to life.

Four original, authentically-restored and furnished buildings are still located in the same places they were over 100 years ago, and historic interpreters are waiting to share the stories that helped shape the province we know today.

After an introduction in the Visitor Centre, you can immerse yourself in the experience with the guidance of historic interpreters. What was life in the Peace Country like a hundred years ago?

  • Learn about the goods traded in the Revillon Frères trading store - you might recognize a few familiar brands still around today
  • Discover the hardships and devotion of the Oblate priests at the St. Charles Catholic mission, and see original paintings by Father Emile Grouard
  • Stand in the living room of the Hudson's Bay Company Factor's house, and imagine the man in charge of Fort Dunvegan and his wife entertaining guests during an evening dance
  • Gaze out at teepees in the distant field, historically set up by the local Dunne-za people coming to trade and celebrate

The Visitor Centre is open every summer. Tours are offered during this time and can be personally adjusted depending on your interests and time you have to spend. If you prefer to go at your own pace, interpretive panels throughout the site help facilitate self-guided exploration.

Historic Dunvegan

Last reviewed/revised: May 7, 2016
Staff at Historic Dunvegan

Costumed interpreters offer guided tours through the site.


Step inside the restored St. Charles Mission Church, the Rectory and the Factor's house.