Central - Frenchman Butte
National Historic Site, RCMP / Military
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5 km NE of Frenchman Butte.
Latitude: 53.53997° N,
Longitude: -109.4571° W
Imagine back, over 130 years ago to May 28, 1885. The Frenchman Butte National Historic Site preserves the gun pits that were dug as defensive aids and protection during the skirmish between Big Bear’s people, lead by the Chief Wondering Spirit and the Alberta Field Force under the command of Major-General Strange. Walk the trails they were on as you make your way to read the cairn and view the “other side” of the coulee where the opposing battle and cannon fire and gunfire came from. 

Contact the Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre to arrange guided tours of the Rifle Pits as well as a visit to the grounds where Fort Pitt, built in 1829, was located. This historic fort had witnessed the Hudson’s Bay Fur trade, paddle wheeled steam boats, the 1885 Northwest Resistance and homesteading. It is a popular tourist destination.  

Both locations have picnic areas and are open year round for self-guided tours.   
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​Self-guided tours year round; guided tours by pre-booking through the Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre.

Rates And Discounts

  • Free admission
  • Group rates

Access

  • Country / Rural

Services

  • Bus parking
  • Guided tour
  • Self-guided tour
  • Tours upon request

Amenities

  • Interpretive signage
  • Picnic area
  • Pit toilet
  • Trail brochure / Map

Activities

  • Geocaching

Maps & Docs

Contact Info

Phone(s): 306-344-4478 | 306-825-2246 |
info@frenchmanbuttemuseum.ca

​Self-guided tours year round; guided tours by pre-booking through the Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre.

5 km NE of Frenchman Butte.

Latitude: 53.53997° N, Longitude: -109.4571° W

Central - Frenchman Butte

Imagine back, over 130 years ago to May 28, 1885. The Frenchman Butte National Historic Site preserves the gun pits that were dug as defensive aids and protection during the skirmish between Big Bear’s people, lead by the Chief Wondering Spirit and the Alberta Field Force under the command of Major-General Strange. Walk the trails they were on as you make your way to read the cairn and view the “other side” of the coulee where the opposing battle and cannon fire and gunfire came from. 

Contact the Frenchman Butte Heritage Centre to arrange guided tours of the Rifle Pits as well as a visit to the grounds where Fort Pitt, built in 1829, was located. This historic fort had witnessed the Hudson’s Bay Fur trade, paddle wheeled steam boats, the 1885 Northwest Resistance and homesteading. It is a popular tourist destination.  

Both locations have picnic areas and are open year round for self-guided tours.   

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Location Information

5 km NE of Frenchman Butte.

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lat. 53.53997° N, long. -109.4571° W

Contact Info

Phone: 306-344-4478 | 306-825-2246 |
info@frenchmanbuttemuseum.ca