Parks Canada programs cut in Rocky Mountain House

Some Parks Canada programming is being dropped at Rocky Mountain House Historic Site next year.

Some Parks Canada programming is being dropped at Rocky Mountain House Historic Site next year.

The site, which includes a museum and the remains of former fur trading forts, has been designated as self-guided by Parks Canada.

Parks Canada spokesperson Susan Kennard said staff will not offer some of the guided tours and activities they did previously. The site employs 11 staff and two students.

Spring school programs and many other interpretive activities, such as demonstrations by costumed re-enactors of how people lived in the fur trading era, will continue.

“Quite a lot of the interactive programming and interpretive activity is by the Metis, by special event committees in the community, by the Confluence Heritage Society.

“So only a small portion of (programming) was ever delivered by Parks Canada. That’s what’s being scaled back.”

Kennard said they plan to continue to work with the community to keep the site a gathering place.

“That site has got such a rich community involvement, we really benefit from it.”

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