Alberta's Provincial Historic Sites, Interpretive Centres and Museums
Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site

Plan Your Visit

Staff at Fort George and Buckingham House work to make sure everyone has a positive experience learning about historic life in the 1790’s. Help plan your visit with information on:

Rules and Recommendations

Fort George and Buckingham House is located in an outdoor, rural setting. From the Interpretive Centre the archaeological sites are spread out over a distance of almost a kilometre along a wooded trail.. The following recommendations and rules will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.

Good walking shoes and clothing for variable weather are recommended

Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended

Alcohol is prohibited.

Smoking is prohibited in the Interpretive Visitor Centre and the within 5 m of doors. Please consider other visitors and the environment when smoking outdoors – avoid smoking during guided tours and ensure cigarette butts are disposed of properly.

Pets are permitted on the general grounds but must be on a leash at all times and cleaned up after. Except for service animals, pets are not permitted in the Interpretive Centre. Please do not leave pets in vehicles.

Never approach, touch or bother animals, wild or domestic, and birds found on-site. Report any sightings of injured or potentially dangerous animals to staff.

Climbing trees, fences, rocks or monuments is prohibited

There is limited cell phone reception at Fort George and Buckingham House

Admission to the site is payable by cash or cheque only.

The gift shop accepts debit.

Tours and services are offered in English

Amenities

The following amenities are available at Fort George and Buckingham House:

Parking
Free public parking, with enough space for RVs and busses.

Emergencies
A first aid kit can be found in the Interpretive Centre. All staff members have current Standard First Aid certification.

Washrooms
The Interpretive Centre has washrooms including a separate washroom with wheelchair access. Additional outhouses can be found at both archaeological sites.

Food services
Limited snack food concession in Interpretive Centre most days. On Special Event days hot burgers are available for purchase.

Picnic Area
A number of picnic tables are located on the lawn at the entrance with more located about the site.

Wheelchair Access
The building and entrance path are fully accessible. Path to the archaeological sites is surfaced in stone dust, is winding and has a noticeable grade.

Accommodations
The Town of Elk Point 13 km from the site has a number of restaurants, motels and grocery stores. Within the area there are a number of Provincial and County and Town camp grounds.

Gift shop
A gift shop is located in the Interpretive Centre and features a variety of items including books, toys, clothing and local/handcrafted goods. Debit and credit are accepted for gift shop purposes.

Information
Brochures and information about the local surrounding area can be found inside the Visitor Centre.

Map
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Accessibility

Walking surfaces are concrete, gravel and grass. Benches are situated along the walking paths to provide rest opportunities.

Tours

A number of tours are available, depending on how you want to experience and learn about Fort George and Buckingham House. Guided tours can be arranged in advance or by dropping in. In May and June, due to education programs, drop-in tours are generally only available after 2 p.m. on weekdays, but throughout the day on weekends. In July and August, drop-in tours are usually available any day of the week or weekend. To ensure that an interpreter will be available, please call ahead.

Group Tours
Group tours of 10 or more should be arranged in advance to ensure interpreters are available.

Special Events & Activities

Fort George and Buckingham House is transformed into a veritable hive of activity on special event days. Please check out our special event listing to make sure you don’t miss out.

The Art of Making Fire
Take 10 minutes while visiting us to learn a unique historic skill. You will have fun and learn something new! (Note: This activity may not be available on days when special events are held).

Simple survival required fire. Historic journals and archaeology tell us that the men and women of the forts kept warm in winter, cooked their food, tanned their hides and forged metal all without the convenience of modern items like lighters, matches and electronic ignitions. They made fire the hard way using friction, flint, steel and lenses. Do you think you could survive?


Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016