Historic Dunvegan

Plan Your Visit

Historic Dunvegan is located within a Provincial Park in an outdoor, rural setting.. The Visitor Centre and four historic buildings are spread out over a distance of almost a kilometre and the river valley can cause variable weather conditions. The following information will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.

  • Call ahead to ensure an interpreter will be available to provide a tour. There are certain times tours are not available.

  • Good walking shoes and clothing for variable weather are recommended.

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

  • Alcohol is prohibited everywhere except in registered campsites.

  • Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Visitor Centre and historic buildings. Please consider other visitors and the environment when smoking outdoors – avoid smoking during guided tours and ensure cigarette butts are disposed of properly.

  • Fire pits, wood, picnic tables and cook shelters are available. There are no food services on site.

  • There is no cell phone reception or internet service at Historic Dunvegan.

  • Cash, cheques, debit and credit are accepted for admissions, gift shop, and facility bookings. US currency is not accepted. There are no ATM machines onsite.

  • Tours and services are in English.
  • Never approach, touch or bother animals and birds found at Historic Dunvegan or within the Provincial Park. Report any sightings of injured or potentially dangerous animals to staff.
  • Climbing trees, fences, rocks or monuments is prohibited.

Amenities

The following amenities are available at Historic Dunvegan:

  • Public parking, with enough space for RVs and busses
  • Public washrooms inside the Visitor Centre are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outhouses can be found in the day use area, campground, near the Factor’s House historic building and at the Maples day use area

  • Day-use area is near the Visitor Centre with two cook shelters (one with power), several fire pits (wood is provided), picnic tables and a large playground. (Operated by Alberta Parks)

  • A gift shop located in the Visitor Centre sells a variety of items including books, toys, and clothing.

  • Free tourist information brochures and magazines are located inside the front entrance of the Visitor Centre. Staff will try to answer questions, but this is not an official Tourism Visitor Information Centre. 
  • Please note that although this is not an official Tourism Visitor Information Centre our staff will be happy to answer your questions to the best of their ability.

Accessibility Considerations

  • Visitor Centre has an automatic door at the front entrance and an accessible washroom that includes a change table and extra space for wheelchairs/strollers.

  • Historic Buildings are not wheelchair accessible because of the need for historical accuracy. All four historic building entrances have a staircase consisting of two to four steps.

  • Walking Paths are difficult for wheelchairs. The surfaces are concrete, gravel, and grass and are uneven in several areas. Benches are situated along the walking paths between the historic buildings to provide rest opportunities.

  • The Campground has 2 accessible RV sites. Please contact Alberta Parks for more information.

Tours

All historic buildings are only accessible through a guided tour. "For security reasons, the historic buildings are kept locked and are only accessible by taking a guided tour with Historic Dunvegan staff. The grounds are accessible at all times and visitors are welcomed and encouraged to enjoy the scenery and explore interpretive panels when the Visitor Centre is closed and guided tours are not available.
 
Guided Tours 
Guided tours are available on a drop-in basis or by pre-booking. All tours are dependent on staff availability. To ensure that an interpreter will be available, please call ahead.

Visitors may choose to take one or both of the following tours:

  • Fur Trade Tour - Visit the Revillon Frères fur trade store and Hudson's Bay Company Factor's House. Takes approximately 1 hour.
  • Mission Tour - Visit the St. Charles Catholic Mission Rectory and Church. Takes approximately 45 minutes. Typically, these two tours alternate throughout the day, usually occurring every hour on the hour. Every effort is made to accommodate individual visitor needs and interests. The last tour of the day generally leaves the Visitor Centre at 4 p.m.

Please Note: On weekdays in May and June, due to education programs taking place, drop-in tours are only available after 2 p.m. Weekend tours are available throughout the day.

Group
Group tours of 10 or more should be arranged in advance to ensure interpreters are available. Interpreters wear historic costume for all pre-booked tours.

Self-guided
Pamphlets for self-guided walking tours are available as part of the admission fee and interpretive panels are located throughout the site to provide more information. Access inside the historic buildings is not available on a self-guided tour.

Facility Bookings

Planning a wedding or business meeting? With several areas available to be booked during normal opening hours, Historic Dunvegan is a beautiful place to gather. You can book:

General grounds
The grounds around the historic buildings can accommodate large groups of people.
Cost: $2.50 per guest

St. Charles Historic Church
This quaint church can accommodate 50 guests for weddings and other ceremonies.
Cost: $200 flat rate

Multi-Purpose/Meeting Room
Located inside the Visitor Centre, tables and chairs can be arranged to accommodate various activities for a group of approximately 20 people.
Cost: $75 per day.

Contact Historic Dunvegan for more information on facility booking.

 

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Last reviewed/revised: July 7, 2016