Cannon at the Fort

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Lethbridge – Get ready for a day of explosive fun at Fort Whoop-Up. On Sunday, July 22, we will be hosting our partners, the South Alberta Horse Artillery and the Fort Whoop-Up Black Powder Club, who will each give fascinating and loud demonstrations that you won’t want to miss!

“We are very excited to host the South Alberta Horse Artillery and Fort Whoop-Up Black Powder Club,” says Fort Whoop-Up Site Coordinator Natasha Gray, “These performances, with guns and cannon that are so similar to those used by the Fort’s original inhabitants, will be very exciting for our visitors. It’s an event we have been working towards all season.”

The South Alberta Horse Artillery will be performing with a replica cannon that is similar to the canon originally stationed at Fort Whoop-Up in the 1800s. Their performances will happen at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. The Fort Whoop-Up Black Powder Club will be demonstrating their skills with their firearms at 1 , 2 and 3 pm.

“We will be demonstrating how black powder firearms that would have been used at the time Fort Whoop-Up was in operation were loaded and fired,” says Bill Peta, a representative from the Fort Whoop-Up Black Powder Club, “We will be using flintlock guns, buffalo guns and a cannon  in our demonstrations.”

There will be lots to do for the whole family, with guided tours available every hour, wagon rides around the river bottom valley pulled by our Clydesdale horses starting every half hour, hobby horse racing for children at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, and buffalo chip tossing at 2:30 pm and 4 pm.

Food will be available all afternoon. Visitors can cook some bannock on a stick around our fire pit and eat it with local saskatoon berry jam or take advantage of BBQ specials that will be on all day.