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In the morning you depart for Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Voted “ Canada’s Best Outdoor Site ” awarded by Attractions Canada. A birder’s paradise set in a reclaimed 36-square kilometer marsh and tall-grass prairie setting Oak Hammock Marsh provides home for more than 295 species of birds and thousands of species of mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles. You will start in the Interpretive Centre with a 5-minute introductory film then a 45-minute guided tour of the exhibits and followed by a 45 minute guided tour outside in canoes to see some wildlife. There will be time to visit the Marsh gift shop. Following the gift shop visit there is a 20-minute drive to Lower Fort Garry.
You relive the drama of the 19th century fur trade era at this National Historic Site – the oldest stone fur trade centre still intact in North America. Upon arrival you will be taken to the theatre in the visitor’s centre for a welcome speech and film. There will then be a special lunch and following lunch you will be taken on a guided interpretive walk outside, through several of the restored fort buildings such as the Big House , home to the Associate Governor of Rupert’s Land and the Hudson’s Bay Company and the fur loft building, where pelts of fox, wolf, beaver, raccoon and other animals are stored. Other highlights include the men’s house , guest cottage , blacksmith’s shop, farm manager’s cottage and native encampment .
Upon completion of the Lower Fort Garry tour you board the bus and begin the drive down the River Road Heritage Parkway . You stop briefly at Lockport with its historic St. Andrews Lock and Dam , pass by the Captain Kennedy House Museum (built in 1866 by Captain William Kennedy an explorer, entrepreneur and trader), St. Andrew’s–on–the Red Anglican Church (the oldest stone church in Western Canada) and the St. Andrews Rectory National Historic Park.