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You have probably built a fort in your house or backyard when playing with friends. I used to take all the cushions off the couch and make forts in our family room! When the French and British explorers first came to Canada one of the first things they built were forts. These forts were strong buildings that could be defended against an enemy. They were usually built on a hill or close to water so that the people inside could see enemies trying to sneak up on them. Forts were also used as a place to trade things. In Alberta, there are many forts that have been turned into museums.

Fort Whoop-Up, viewed from the surrounding hills.

Fort Whoop-Up, viewed from the surrounding hills.

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Origin of Fort Macleod

Naming of Fort Chip