Historical Park sights in Ontario
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French voyageurs, Scottish gentlemen and Ojibwe scuttle about while re-enacting life in the early 1800s at this historical park. From 1803 to 1821, Fort William was the headquarters of the North West Company. Eventually the business was absorbed by the Hudson Bay Company and the region's importance as a trading center declined. Today, the large heritage center offers 42 historic buildings stuffed with entertaining and antiquated props like muskets, pelts and birch-bark canoes.
Re-creating a 1000-year-old Iroquois longhouse community, Ska-Nah-Doht Iroquoian Village & Museum is 32km west of London. Village structures are encircled by a maze; the museum contains artifacts thousands of years old and recounts the area's history. Outside the walls are First Nations crops and burial platforms. Meandering park trails are open until dusk. From London, take Hwy 402 to interchange 86 then follow Hwy 2 west.
Explore London's history at the 30-building Fanshawe Pioneer Village on the eastern edge of town. Costumed blacksmiths, farmers and craftspeople carry out their duties in true 19th-century pioneer-village style.
At the adjoining Fanshawe Conservation Area you can swim, walk and camp.