At the latest council meeting, the District of Fort St. James council voted to support the sponsorship of the historic site’s annual open house and Old Fashioned Community Picnic.
The event, which has long been a tradition of partnership and collaboration between the historic site and the community, allows visitors free admission to the park when the district pays for everyone’s admission.
That tradition gives many who would not otherwise have a chance to join in historic site activities a chance to have fun for free. It also serves as a chance to thank visitors and travellers on this special day.
During the open house on September 24, the park hosts a variety of special activities and celebrations, including chicken races, traditional games (such as sack races, tug of war), tours of the historic buildings, a final season-ending hunting skills competition and of course, free beef dips for all.
Beef dips are created by the College of New Caledonia and historic site activities are augmented with the volunteer assistance of the Friends of Fort St. James National Historic Site.
Also part of the fun, is one last chance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada, as activities also include a chance to meet Parka, Parks Canada’s mascot and a chance to have your photo taken beside a 20-foot-tall beaver! All the fun and more will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 24 at Fort St. James National Historic Site.