The exterior of the museum at Fort Chipewyan is an exact reconstruction of the Hudson’s Bay store of 1870. Here you are taken back in time to the early fur trade and the Aboriginal experience as it responded to European influence. You will be steeped in the spiritual ambience of Native cultures and the fierce rivalries of the fur traders. The collections and stories that you encounter will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the development of this northern-most and oldest settlement in Alberta.
Permanent Collections: • Complete, accurate scale representation of the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort, circa 1870 • Fur trade and historical artifacts (guns, canoes used for trapping) • Photographs • Maori spiritual talking stick • Turtle shell – story of the turtle shell found in Lake Athabasca • History of indigenous people of influence (101-year-old midwife who delivered over 400 living babies) • Local crafts • Historical buildings (residential schools, churches) • Library includes family genealogy records; Native culture and history; Catholic and Anglican Church records; local history; and the fur trade