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"Fort Steele Heritage Town (BC Rockies Region)" Province of British Columbia Things to Do Tip by sunnywong

Province of British Columbia Things to Do: 253 reviews and 381 photos

Fort Steele was originally known as "Galbraith's Ferry" during the Kootenay Gold Rush of 1894. It was renamed in 1888 to honour the achievements of Superintendent Samuel Steele of the North West Mounted Police, who peacefully settled tensions between white settlers and the Ktunaxa people. But in 1898, when the B.C. Southern Railway bypassed the town in favour of nearby Cranbrook, Fort Steele quickly declined, becoming almost a ghost town.

Today you'll enjoy dramatic re-enactments of the town's history, as costumed townsfolk present and debate the issues of the day while going about their business. And what a town! Over 60 original or accurately reconstructed buildings show off the upbeat spirit of the 1890s and make it easier for you to imagine you've travelled back in time.

Directions: 16 kilometres northeast of the city of Cranbrook

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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