Lethbridge Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
Fort Whoop-up Interpretive Centre
Fort Whoop-up was the first and largest whisky trading post in the region. Established in 1869 by American merchants, the fort’s illicit trade in “firewater” for buffalo robes, furs and other articles spurred the arrival of the North West Mounted Police in 1874. The site includes an interpretive centre, display gallery and wagon rides. May 11 to mid Sept, Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. Tours, special events, train ride and gift shop. The fort is in Indian Battle Park, site of the last major North American Indian battle fought in 1870 between the Blackfoot and Cree.