July 11, 2002
When coming to the fort, you drive along a grid road. I anticipated seeing the fort rise along the horizon as we got closer. Instead, we actually descended down a curved, forested road which led to the river flood plain where the fort sits.
Park your car in the parking lot and proceed to the log cabin information center. Inside you will find a modern interpretive center with displays of clothing, tools, photos, and videos. You can buy a few souvenirs and postcards. When you are ready to proceed to the fort, the guide in the center will phone down to the fort and have the guide meet you.
As you walk down the path to the fort you will see the enormous size of it. Walking into the fort takes you back in time and makes one wonder how we ever lived without indoor plumbing!
The guide will explain the history of the fort and show you around the buildings inside - the general store, the fur building, and a residence. The fur building is a hands-on experience so be sure to feel the various furs. You can take a tour of the walls and walk above, all around the fort. It provides an excellent view of the surrounding countryside!
When you are finished inside the fort, exit and check out the reproduction tipi's - First Nations homes.
As you leave Fort Carlton be sure to sign the guestbook in the interpretive center. There is also a modern washroom if you need to make a pit stop before heading on.
I took my host parents from Denmark to the fort and they thoroughly enjoyed this trip back in time!
From journal Fur Traders, Rebellion, and Forest galore!