Fort St. James takes a taste of the fur trade to Banff Ave

Fort St. James National Historic Site has been invited to showcase some of the finer parts of the New Caledonia fur trade in Canada’s oldest national park.

Fort St. James National Historic Site has been invited to showcase some of the finer parts of the New Caledonia fur trade in Canada’s oldest national park.

Four interpreters from Fort St. James are heading to Banff from September 30 to October 3 to chat about the historic site and all that it offers to a potential 2,000 visitors and tourists in the heart of Banff, Alta. Banff is Canada’s first national park and the heart of Canada’s national park system.

On the plaza in front of Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, under the shadows of Cascade Mountain, park interpreters will be delivering programs about regional Carrier/Dakehl culture, fur trading past, historic hunting skills and more.

Historic site staff will be serving up stew and biscuits for 2,000 people, along with providing information about tourism opportunities throughout northern B.C..

The goals of the program are to provide a lively addition to Alberta Arts Days festivities and to increase awareness of Fort St. James National Historic Site to audiences in southern Alberta and beyond. The opportunity comes as a collaborative effort of Parks Canada staff in both Banff National Park and Fort St. James National Historic Site. Celebrating 100 years in 2011, Parks Canada is the oldest national park service in the world.