DID YOU KNOW?
The Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is operated by the Fort Vermilion Heritage Committee - and they are a committee of the Fort Vermilion Agricultural Society. This means that the Fort Vermilion Agricultural Society is the legal governing body of the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre!
They have been faithful and generous in their support and we thank them for that!
Offering $1000 to local students and possibility of matching NADC grant for $1000!
Download the PDF below for more information and to apply!
Who We Are
Opened in 1995, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the nucleus of heritage preservation and conservation in the Fort Vermilion area. Boasting over 16,000 photos, 22,000 archives, 8000 objects and 2 heritage houses - there is much to explore! The history of the Fort Vermilion area is vast, fossils and bones ("Rocks Tell Tales" exhibit) are remnants of the pre-human history of the Fort Vermilion Area. "Weyiman Waskahikun Wehkohkewin (Fort Vermilion A Special Gathering Place)" is a tribute to the Dene Tha', Beaver and Cree nations. Agriculture, industry, and community events of days past compose our nuclear collection from the Fort Vermilion Experimental Farm (58° North and Farming).
"Boreal Beauty, Bounty and Balance" features the area's natural heritage. With these main exhibits, and a plethora of other displays and artifacts, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the premier historical resource in Mackenzie County.
Artifact of the Week!
This is a homemade whip used for Dog Mushing. It is beautifully decorated with yarn detailing and an ornately carved (and painted) wooden handle. It generally would not be used to strike the dogs -rather it would be "cracked" which would make noise to encourage the dogs to run. Dog sled teams were a major source of transportation in the area from the early years up until 1950 or so. Kids would mush dogs to school, mail was brought by dog team and trappers relied on them while on the trapline.
2004.01.08 / Clarke, Pete + Doris