North West Company Fur Post
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN 55063


Closed until May 26, 2017 except for special events.
Open year round for school and group tours. Call 320-629-6356.
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Mon 10 am-5 pm
Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm



  • $10 adults
  • $8 seniors and college students
  • $6 children 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members.



Field Trips

Take a trip into the world of British fur traders, voyageurs and the Ojibwe, ca. 1804. Visit the trade shop, Ojibwe encampment and voyageur living quarters. Explore exhibits on the fur trade and the cultures it brought together. Check out demonstrations, guided tours and Snake River trails.

Academic Standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Classroom Materials

Classroom materials to help teach the fur trade in your classroom include short essays, a vocabulary list and articles from Minnesota History.

Field Trip Options

A Child's World Circa 1804

Through an interactive story about a young Ojibwe child and her rabbit friend, students discover the similarities and differences between the world of 1804 and today. They'll explore the interior of an Ojibwe encampment, visit the traders' living quarters and learn how toys of the time period were fashioned out of the materials at hand.

Grades: K, 1, 2Length: 2 hoursCost: $6 per student

Portage Into the Past

Students step back in time and learn about the interaction between British traders and the Ojibwe in east central Minnesota, giving them a glimpse into this important time period spanning almost 200 years before statehood. Through an interactive game they will gain knowledge of hunting and gathering as a successful way of life and discover the importance of the trade by fashioning a voyageur pouch.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Length: 2 hoursCost: $6 per student

History Mystery

Who made these tools? How were they used? Investigate tools of the past by handling reproductions to learn the lost art of starting fires without matches. Students learn to look at objects and see the stories that they tell about people of the past.

Grades: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 2 hoursCost: $6 per student

Winter Adventure

Activities at the post quieted down for the winter, but today things are just getting started. During the winter months your students will hear stories told in the wigwam, play a spirited game of snow snake and identify animal tracks while snowshoeing at the site. Experience winter life as the voyageurs did!

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Cost: $6 per student

Book a field trip


$6 per student
Teachers FREE
One free adult per 10 students


  • Length: 2 hours
  • Free bus parking
  • A picnic shelter and Visitor Center tables can accommodate students who bring lunch.


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