You arrive in Edmonton and nothing is familiar. Food and shelter are hard to find and you need to survive overnight. What will you do? What skills will be useful in Rupert’s Land? Who will be your allies? Can you work together to prove you have what it takes? An interpreter will provide your group with a variety of learning experiences catered to your needs.

Option 1: Fur Trade Experience

You’ve just arrived from Montreal to make your fortune and forge your own destiny in the fur trade.

First, you will need to prove or develop your skills! What challenges will you take on? Activities can include: beading, journal writing with straight pen and ink, Indigenous games, building a model tipi or travois, handling artifacts, a campfire with historical storytelling, fur baling, bannock making, lantern tour, scavenger hunts or snowshoeing.

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Option 2: Pioneer Experience

The trip from Winnipeg to Edmonton was long and arduous. After getting settled into your home, you need to relax. Recharge as you bake, build toys, and play games. Explore your new surroundings on an evening walk by lantern light (or on snowshoes If It’s winter), and sit around a campfire and share stories.

Activities can include – Hands on with Artifacts, Jam & Butter & Scones, Candle making, Pioneer Games, Build a Toy, Cinnamon buns, Snowshoeing (weather permitting), Role Play a Historical Event (grade 5 and up), Tour of the Fort, Windows Tour of 1885/1905 Streets

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Program Length 

  • Arrive at 4 pm and depart at 9 am the following day
  • Arrive at 6 pm and depart at 11 am the following day

Groups wanting to extend their program will be charged an additional $30/hr or part thereof.

 COST: $1,050

AVAILABILITY: October  – April Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays (No Sleepovers in December)

Eating on Overnights

What did early Edmontonians eat when they were fur trading, farming and building what we know as Edmonton today?

In making your own supper for your overnight experience, here is what early fur traders ate throughout the course of a month

Issued at York Factory (on the Hudson’s Bay) from 1830 onwards, this is what a man’s monthly ration would be;

  • 1 lb of flour, ˜baked into bread’
  • 2 lbs of ˜Scotch barley’
  • 1 quart of peas
  • 2 lbs of fresh or salted beef
  • 1 ¼ lbs of salted pork
  • 2 lbs of pemmican
  • 2 lbs of dried meat
  • 1 fresh or salted goose
  • 2 or 3 fresh or salted ducks
  • 6 fresh or salted plovers
  • 2 or 3 fresh lake fish (3-5 lbs each)
  • 8 fresh river fish
  • 4 lbs of fresh venison
  • 4 rabbits
  • 4 partridges

Do you think you could survive for a month with this food?

Go to our recipe recommendation for food that would have appeared on tables during the fur trade and pioneer eras!

Recipes for Overnights

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 Recipes for Overnights