Fort NormandeauWaskasoo

Fort Normandeau
Bucket List
Making Ice Cream
Picnic Areas
Tables and Fire pits
Interpretive Centre
Engaging exhibits
Youth Programs
Day camps
12-minute program
Boat Launch
Canoeing access


Historic Fort Normandeau, managed by Waskasoo, is an exceptional site to explore Red Deer's rich cultural history. Open to the public from May to October each year, the fort offers a wide range of activities and programs that highlight the area's natural and human history.

Interpretive Centre

The Interpretive Centre at Fort Normandeau brings the story of the Red Deer Crossing to life with dramatic programs, artifacts, and engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits. The theatre features a captivating 12-minute audio-visual program. Throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy authentic, entertaining, and informative live programs that celebrate Red Deer's founding cultures. Activities include making bannock or homemade ice cream, dancing to First Nations or Metis music, and participating in traditional garden harvests.

Schools and youth groups can book the site for guided programs or even overnight campouts in the teepees. Summer day camps and teepee sleepovers provide youngsters with an in-depth exposure to their heritage.

Stopping House

The Stopping House features new exhibits and a reconstruction of the original Fort at the Red Deer Crossing, bringing early Red Deer history to life. Programs, exhibits, and seasonal special events offer a glimpse into the past. A heritage garden, poultry yard, and teepees are available for public enjoyment.

Fort Normandeau, located west of Red Deer on the banks of the Red Deer River, sits at the site of the original Red Deer Crossing community. The staff at the Interpretive Centre tell the stories of Red Deer’s three founding cultures: the Cree and Blackfoot people, the Metis Buffalo Hunters, and the early European settlers through various programs and activities.

Grounds & Boat Launch

The grounds of Fort Normandeau provide a picturesque setting for a picnic lunch or a relaxing day by the Red Deer River. Multiple picnic tables and fire pits are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The site also features a scenic boat launch for canoeing or paddling down the river.

The upper parking lot is designated for river users, while the lower parking lot is for visitors to the Fort Normandeau grounds and buildings. Visitors are advised to use the appropriate parking areas and follow the guidelines provided by The City of Red Deer.

Facility Rentals

Fort Normandeau offers a variety of facility rentals for meetings, events, and weddings. The recreated stopping house, outdoor exhibits, picnic shelter, boat launch, and community gardens provide an ideal backdrop for any occasion. The interpretive staff and specialized equipment ensure a seamless experience for event organizers.

School & Youth Programs

Fort Normandeau pays special attention to the needs of Central Alberta children and youth. Many programs align with the Alberta Education curriculum, while others complement classroom learning. Programs include guided tours, summer day camps, and teepee sleepovers, offering an in-depth exposure to heritage.

Virtual programs are also available for schools and youth groups, allowing for flexible learning opportunities. Teachers and youth group leaders can use the facilities for their own educational programs free of charge, with advance notice.

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28054 B Township Road 382
Red Deer, T4N 5E6
28054 B Township Road 382
Red Deer, T4N 5E6
Open Hours
08:00 AM -10:00 PM
08:00 AM -10:00 PM
08:00 AM -10:00 PM
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08:00 AM -10:00 PM
08:00 AM -10:00 PM
08:00 AM -10:00 PM

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