Canadian Free Traders Festival

  • Dates:December 29, 2018 - December 30, 2018 ( Recurring daily )
  • Location:Park Centre
  • City:Spruce Woods Provincial Park
  • Admission:FREE
  • Address: Highway 5 Spruce Woods Provincial Park, MB
  • Phone: (204) 827-8850
  • Email:Send Email
  • Website:Visit Website
  • Region: Western

Saturday, December 29 & Sunday, December 30, 2018
Experience life as a fur trader in the Spruce Woods winter!

Snowshoe Trek
Saturday, December 29
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Yellow Quill Trailhead

Join John MacDonnell, fur trader with the North West Company, on this 2 km trek through the woods with komatiks (traditional sleds) to meet with the Free Traders at their wintering cabin to exchange stories, supplies, goods and furs. Enjoy homemade bannock and wild tea. Watch out for rival HBC traders! We’ll provide the snowshoes, or bring your own. Registration not required.

Camp Activities
Sunday, December 30
Location: Park Centre

19th Century Sewing Workshop (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM): Try your hand at 19th century sewing techniques with textile artist Claire Sparling. We will provide your own personal sewing kit, or housewife, to make your own creation. Space is limited - register by calling 204-827-8850 and leave your contact information.

Free Trader Open Camp (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM): Drop by the Free Trader’s winter camp to enjoy some hot beverages and make bannock, check out their display of tools, furs and arms collections. Be prepared to hear some loud booms as they shoot off their muskets and blow the cannons! Registration not required.

Canadian Free Traders Festival
  • (204) 827-8850
  • Highway 5
  • Spruce Woods Provincial Park, MB