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!


WOW what a dump of snow we just got - if you don't have your winterboots out yet, now's the time to get them! 

The pair above are ones that we have in our collection and despite being labelled as "Triumph" brand and "made in Canada" our information (and searching) proved futile in providing more details. The heel of the boot appears to be genuine rubber and the tread of the shoe is completely felt - which seems  like it would be slippery on the snow and ice! Perhaps they are a special made boot for a specific job - if you have any leads let us know! 

996.40.05 / Eek, Marilyn

This beautiful hat comes from the Jean Campbell collection and harkens back to fashion in the 40's. Hats were not rationed through WWII but rather were considered a luxury item and heavily taxed - sometimes up to 33%! Small hats like this one were worn askew and used hat pins to hold them in place. Though this hat has no tags or stamp to label the maker - it likely isn't homemade considering it is made of real feathers (not chicken) with a plastic veil to cover the face.

2002.81 / Campbell, Jean

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