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!

Equine Medicine

A product of the Peace River Drug Co. This bag contains a fine green powder labelled as "Saltpetre, resin, Borax, and copper sulfate". Scribbled on the brown packaging its use is labelled as "For Swamp Fever" while the red pen dictates the correct dosage. "1 teaspoon the first night, 2 teaspoon the second night, 3 teaspoon the third night. If not cured start treatment over again". Swamp fever is an ailment in horses that causes lethargy, muscle atrophy and anemia - not ideal for indigenous folks and pioneers who relied on horses for transport and heavy work!


2000.03.54 / Cambell, Jean

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