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!
Fort Vermilion is stunning in the summer, the majestic Peace River that looks very refreshing and vivid sunsets in the warm evenings are but two examples.
There is also an abundance of flowers throughout town and we would like to Thank Rustic Roots Greenhouse for their generosity in donating flowers to us! They have been most kind over the past number of years in helping us look our best!
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!
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