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Fort St. James in Parks Canada British Columbia

3 fun Parks Canada sites in British Columbia

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postedJanuary 24, 2019
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Canada’s national parks tell stories of the nation’s multicultural past and showcase its incredible natural treasures. Among the 20 sites throughout British Columbia where Parks Canada shares such stories are these three places of historical note:
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site in British Columbia
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (Photo by Parks Canada)

1. Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site

(Victoria)  At this west coast artillery fortress that was on active duty from 1895 to 1956, you can tour through bunkers, military command posts and original 19th-century buildings while listening to the personal stories of soldiers and their families. 


Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site in British Columbia
Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site (Photo by Parks Canada)

2. Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site (Kitwanga)

Climb the grassy knoll and survey the site where the Gitwangak people defended their land from the mid-1700s to the 1800s. At a nearby village, you’ll see the province’s oldest collection of totem poles retained in their original context. 


Fort St. James, British Columbia
Fort St. James National Historic Site (Photo by Parks Canada)

3. Fort St. James National Historic Site

(Fort Saint James)  You can tour Canada’s largest collection of wooden buildings restored to the 1890s, when wealth was measured in fur pelts and salmon. Visitors also can spend the night in the country’s only bed and breakfast at a national historic site.

For information on these and the 200-plus other sites maintained by Parks Canada, contact Jennifer Burnell or go to parkscanada.gc.ca.

Top photo: Fort St. James
Photo by CC Flickr/Iain Cameron: bit.ly/2RCcLo9