Posted by: cherylyoung | April 29, 2012

Fort Steele is a Heritage Town, where visitors can travel back in time to the 1890’s

Fort Steele is a Heritage Town, where visitors can

travel back in time to the 1890`s and enjoy

re-enactments of the town`s past history

Fort Steele, first known as Galbraith’s Ferry during the

 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush, was renamed in 1888 in

 honour of Superintendent Samuel Steele of the North

 West Mounted Police, who peacefully settled tensions

 between white settlers and the Ktunaxa people.

During the mining boom of the late 1890s, Fort Steele

 thrived as the commercial, social and administrative

 centre of the region.


 However, Fort Steele declined after 1989, when the

 BC Southern Railway bypassed the town in favour of

 nearby Cranbrook.

Today, Fort Steele is a Heritage Town, where visitors

 can travel back in time to the 1890s and enjoy daily

 re-enactments of the town’s past history and heritage

 year-round, with full programming from mid-June to

 Labour Day.


Throughout British Columbia, diverse historic

19th-century forts have been preserved as reminders of

 how the west was settled by Europeans


 Fort Steele  Heritage Town, near Cranbrook on

 Highway 93/95, is undoubtedly the best example and

 is well worth a day’s visit when travelling through the

 East Kootenays in summer months.

Location: Fort Steele is located on Highway 93/95,

 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Cranbrook, east

 of Kimberley.


Don’t miss the popular rollicking and foot stomping

 musical variety and comedy shows staged in the Wild

 Horse Theatre during the summer.

Hop aboard for a ride on an old steam train to a scenic

 viewpoint or catch a horse-drawn wagon tour down

 Main Street and around the town.


Follow the ring of an anvil and watch blacksmiths and

 tinsmiths working their trade at the town’s forge.

Testify at a trial, or pick up a copy of the local newspaper

 and watch another edition being set up on the press

at the Prospector!


In the H. Kershaw & Son General Store you’ll find an

enticing selection of replica items; everything from

 scrub boards to top hats.

Kids will be drawn to the City Bakery and Ice

 Cream Corner –  the baking is always fresh at

 Fort Steele!


Hard candy sticks, the best licorice, imported toffee

 and the best in good Canadian maple sugar are all



 The Fort Steele children of the 1890s didn’t have

 it any better than this at Mrs. Sprague’s Confectionery.


Farther down the street the Pioneer Tinshop is open 12

 months of the year, crafting turn-of-the-century tinware

 and copperware items for sale.

 The tinsmith offers the most amazing range of

 functional  and decorative products imaginable.


 In the cool of winter the Tinshop may be the only

 place for miles around where a coffee pot simmers

 on the wood heater.

 No promises, but try the tinsmith for a bracing

 tin cup of  hot black coffee in the quiet of January.

Let your youngsters follow the White Polish,

 Barred Rock,  Black Giants and other 19th-century

 breeds of chickens as they wander the site.


Tiring of that, they may want to watch our young

 Cotsold  Lambs gambol about the pasture.


 They are part of a small herd of this rare breed that

 Fort Steele is trying to build.


Join in the fun and activity on Canada Day, July 1st,

 for a turn-of-the-century style celebration of the

 national  birthday.


Special Events at Fort Steele include sheep herding

 and shearing, ploughing, baling, binding and other

 horse-farming demonstrations.


Don’t miss the highlight event of the summer;

 the annual  Harvest Festival, held during the third

week in August.


See the best of the area on

 The Okanagan and BC Rockies Circle Tour.


Travel the sunny interior of British Columbia, north

 through the Okanagan to Sicamous, following

Highway 1  into the mountains of the BC Rockies.


 From Golden,head south through the Columbia Valley

to Creston, and west through Boundary Country and

 the Southern Okanagan to complete the loop.

Circle Tours












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