Fort Gibraltar — one of the more unique places in Winnipeg — gives our city a special charm.
Historical reconstruction in Winnipeg’s francophone neighbourhoods is opening the gates for visitors to explore the 19th century period when french voyageurs first came to Manitoba. The scenes are carefully recreated in an old blacksmith shop, in a fur trading post and in other authentic settings, all of which transport visitors into the past where they discover these old, but not forgotten traditions, still kept alive by modern day Manitobans.
Everyone can get acquainted with the history by participating in the historic process of creating, for example, wooden casks for transportation of wine, or trying your hand at the craft of being a blacksmith. If you’re lucky, you can even fire an antique gun, just like great, great, granddad used to do.
The atmosphere at Fort Gibraltar is impressive. Most striking is the sincere dedication of all those people who are participating in the exhibit; they are willing to spend hours talking to you about the history of Canada. They are proud of Canada’s history, as they go to great lengths to preserve the artifacts and traditions of a distant time.