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2017 Travel Guide to Canada - - Alberta -

ROCKY MOUN­TAIN HOUSE NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

Im­merse your­self in nine authen­tic Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures at this for­mer fur-trad­ing post along the con­flu­ence of the mighty North Saskatchewan and Clear­wa­ter rivers, where 200 years of fur trade her­itage have been brought to life. Play tra­di­tional Black­foot games or cook ban­nock (un­leav­ened bread) us­ing just a stick and an open camp­fire. Tap your toes in har­mony with a lo­cal drum­mer or dancer, or learn to make an authen­tic Na­tive dream catcher. Bed down for the night in a teepee or Métis trap­per’s tent un­der a canopy of stars. Step into the wide-bot­tomed York boats built to nav­i­gate the north­ern trad­ing routes, or check out the authen­tic Red River carts that brought Métis set­tlers West across Saskatchewan and Man­i­toba. Two in­ter­pre­tive trails wind past re­mains of the Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany and North West Com­pany, ri­val fur­trad­ing forts es­tab­lished in 1799. Re­live the ad­ven­tures of Bri­tishCana­dian ex­plorer David Thomp­son, who helped chart a huge por­tion of northwestern North Amer­ica on a quest to find a pas­sage to the Pa­cific

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