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: $1,000

AVAILABILITY: October “ April, except DecemberTuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays

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

Field Trip Preparation FAQ

Adult supervisors are required to attend with your group in accordance with the following ratios:
  • Preschool: 1 adult per 3 children
  • K – Grade 6: 1 adult per 5 children
  • Grades 7 – 12: 1 adult per 10 children These adults are included in your program fees. If you are unable to find the required number of adult supervisors for your group, please notify us.
A minimum number of adult chaperones is  listed with each program
The maximum number of children permitted in a program is 30.  
  • Groups exceeding 30 children must book an additional program(s)
  • Groups who arrive exceeding the maximum of 30 children or 40 people total will be charged additional fees after the program.
Please have your students wear name tags; this helps the interpreter acknowledge the students by name.
Please inform your interpreter, in advance of the program, about students with
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Medical Concerns, including allergies
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Program content and activity locations can be changed to include students with special needs.
Please prepare your students to spend time outdoors; advise them to dress appropriately for the weather. A portion of the program will be conducted outdoors. Your interpreter may allow for more indoor time during inclement weather.
Fort Edmonton Park is a museum so please review acceptable museum behavior before the students arrive on site.  
  • We encourage students to speak at a conversational level and to raise their hands when answering questions.  
  • Running is not allowed either inside or outside of our buildings.  
  • The artifacts on display are for viewing only.  
  • The interpretive guide will grant permission if certain artifacts can be touched.
  •  We ask that students respect boundaries such as ropes, fences, and signs to protect sensitive areas and to keep the students safe.  
Fort Edmonton Park’s interpreters are not responsible for disciplining misbehaving students.   This is the responsibility of the teachers and adult supervisors who come with the group.
Pleasehave your students bring a backpack or bag so that you will be able to comfortably bring home the children’s crafts. It is also advisable to bring a sealable plastic container with you so that you can bring extra treats back to your  class with you.   If you wish to bring lunches you may.  
Arrival in the Off Season or after Public Hours (September to Victoria Day Long Weekend) For programs, during these times your group can be dropped off on site inside the park. The offseason includes October through to the Victoria Day Long Weekend in May. For your convenience, share these instructions with any parents dropping children off. It will save your group much confusion when driving through the Park to reach the starting point. Once you have gone under the Quesnell Bridge: Continue straight ahead. Do not turn on to the main public parking lot.   Take the FIRST RIGHT, at the sign that says: Fort Edmonton Park, Administration, Special Functions. Continue along this road, straight through the gate along the service road. If the gate is closed dial 24# or 25# into the keypad to the left of the gate. This will connect you to someone that will open the gate. If you have problems please call 780-496-8782.
Arrival in the On Season or after Public Hours ( Victoria Day Long Weekend to September 4th) The Drop-Off location is right here at the Fort Parking Lot. Arrival in the On Season during Public Hours (Victoria Day Weekend to end of September) For programs, during these times your group cannot be dropped off on site inside the park. For your convenience, share these instructions with any parents dropping children off.
Your interpretive guide(s) will meet you at the train station unless you specify otherwise (e.g. if you want to take the train or streetcar down to the party location, etc.). The interpretive guide(s) will be waiting for you at least 15 minutes before your program begins. If s/he is not there, please wait a few minutes because s/he may be attending to a fire for your program (particularly if you have arrived later than expected.) If your guide has not met you by the time your program starts, or within 5 minutes of your late arrival, please report an absent guide to the front reception in the Administration Building north of  Train Station. If you are carrying a cell phone, call: (780) 496-8782 or (780) 496-7381.

 Sleepover FAQs

Overnight Waiver