Fort Steele Heritage Town (Museum)

 

At the time of the 1864 gold rush about 8km north at Wildhorse Creek, this town started when a ferry service was established here to help miners get across the Kootenay River and soon became a tiny settlement. With the arrival of the North West Mounted Police in 1884 and the second mining boom of 1893, Fort Steele became a town of 4000 people. By 1902, when Fort Steele was not included in the new railway route, its population plummeted to 150.

In 1961 Fort Steele became a heritage site as the provincial government recognized the historic importance of this town. Visit 50 historic building including North West Mounted Police camp; enjoy old-time farming demonstrations, steam train rides, ice-cream making, and horse wagon tours; try gold-panning, watch live theatre, or simply experience the live of a 19th century town.

Address

9851 Highway 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
V0B 1N0

Contact Information

Phone: 250.417.6000
Fax: 250.489.2624
24 Hour Visitor Info Line: 250.426.7352
E-mail: Info@FortSteele.bc.ca

Additional Information

Fort Steele is located on highway 93, approximately 4 hours driving time from Nelson, BC; Spokane, WA and Calgary, AB.

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Theater

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Steam train

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Police barracks

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