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!

1938 Fall Fair Prize List

The Mackenzie County Ag. fair is happening this weekend! In keeping with that event we have chosen this Prize book from the first Fall Fair in Fort Vermilion as the artifact of the week. Started in 1938 this fair's main activity was a "bench show" - an event where individuals entered their best "works" to be graded and prized amongst the entrants. We say "works' because the categories are various and range from crops grown in fields to sewing, baking, numerous others and class #125 which is labelled as "health poster". Categories for Men, women, and children made this event accessible and engaging for the whole family. The person with the most points from all the categories was awarded the "Grand Aggregate Prize" which included a free round trip to Peace River with expenses paid (stopover meal and hotel) courtesy of United Air Transport!
998.01.224.01 / Newman, Jack + Pearl

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