Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Center
Frontier of First Nations, Métis and Pioneer Society

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On Site Services Include:
  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Accessible
  • Washroom Facilities
  • Picnic Area with Tables
  • Bilingual Tours
  • Guided Tours of the Duck Lake Murals
  • Louis Riel Trail info
  • Lunch for your group (must be pre-arranged)
  • Theater rental for meetings or conferences
  • Video soon to be available
Sorry! Tower regretfully inaccessible for wheel chairs

History of The Center

The story of the Duck Lake Historical Museum and the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre has its roots in the life of Fred Anderson, a native of Duck Lake. Born August 2, 1886, he was one of the first pioneer children born at Stobart, now Duck Lake. Mr. Anderson lived 90 years in the area as a farmer, trapper and guide. A child born during the period immediately following the Northwest Resistance, Fred absorbed the living history of the region and soon realized its significance in the history of Canada. By the late 1950's, he was collecting historical artifacts through donations from area residents and at local auctions. The former North West Mounted Police jail became the first home for the Anderson collection. It later moved, in 1965, to Victoria School, a Protestant school built in the 1880's. The Duck Lake Historical Museum operated in this location until 1990 when it moved to the present site - the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre. A consummate historian, Fred Anderson was the founder and first curator of the Duck Lake Historical Museum. His donations to the Museum form the nucleus of its significant historical collection which documents the important events of Duck Lake and area during the period 1870-1905. Until his passing in 1977, he spent countless hours ensuring the preservation of an integral part of Canadian history through the collection, care and presentation of the Duck Lake story.

The Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre is locally owned and operates the museum and gallery. It houses a collection of artifacts relating to First Nations, Métis and Pioneer history from 1870 to 1905 with exhibits, art and information on the North-West Rebellion/Resistance of 1885. Displays in the Interpretive Centre are arranged in a circle clockwise around the main gallery which is a First Nation tradition of interpreting the life cycle. The First Nations, Métis and Pioneer history, culture and traditions are portrayed through a number themes including origins, religion, education, law upheaval and economics and commerce. Exhibits that deal with the Northwest Resistance/Rebellion of 1885 include: North-West Mounted Police items; a letter written by Louis Riel and a gold watch given to Gabriel Dumont by French Canadian sympathizers in New York. The centre also has a 64 seat capacity theatre where the video Once Upon a Tower is presented. Visit the Traveling Art Gallery where various artists using different mediums display their creations. The 24 meter tower completes the centre with more artwork and artifacts depicting prehistoric to present day flora and fauna of the region as well as multicultural activities of the past. The stairway leads to the top where one may view the beautiful and ever-changing scenery. For keepsakes and souvenirs, stop in at the boutique/gift shop where you will find a variety of locally handcrafted items.

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divider HOURS OF OPERATION divider Victoria Day weekend Labour Day weekend:
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

7 Days a Week!

Open otherwise by appointment year round. divider ADMISSION RATES divider Adults: $4.50
Students: $2.50
Seniors: $3.50
Family Rate*: $12.00

Two adults and children
under 18 years of age.

Group tours of 12 or more
receive an additional 25% off of regular admission prices.

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Memberships give you free admission for the fiscal year and 10% off gift shop purchases.

You will also receive our quarterly "New Chronicle" publication. Contact us for more information. Membership Form.pdf *

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