Who We Are

"The Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre exists to preserve, study and make accessible distinctive collections, so to inspire and engage people in learning cultural and natural heritage of the Fort Vermilion area. Through discovery, recollections and the making of memories, we serve and improve the quality of life for others."

This mandate is achieved through various programs such as:
-Museum Tours
-Research Requests
-School Tours
-Community Events
If you are interested in any of these programs please


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!

Attendance Ledger

Former Artifacts of the weekFormer Artifacts of the week

Today is the international Day of education according to the External link opens in new tab or windowUnited Nations; as such we have chosen this attendance ledger as our artifact of the week! Formal education in the Fort Vermilion area started with the St Henri Residential School (Catholic) and Irene training school (Anglican). This was followed by the public school system which included the one room country schools (Buttertown, Lambert Point, Stoney Point, Batts, Ponton, Fort Vermilion) and later St. Mary's separate school. This public system has modernized with time and provides education as we know it today. As you can see this ledger comes from the lambert point school - in which 9 students were enrolled (5 Bittman, 2 Wilson, and 2 Hassell) from grades 1-5. Eric Bask was the teacher and it is dated as the 51' -52' school year - making it 70 years old!
2002.226.97 / Campbell, Jean