The dog days of summer will be celebrated at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site this weekend during Dog Day.
On Sunday, people can learn how pooches “ruffed it” with fur traders and helped shape the history of Canada.
Interpreters will be in costume to offer programs aimed at dogs and humans alike. For canine visitors, there will be activities like letting the dogs try their paws at being harnessed to an Aboriginal travois and mini-oxcart, savouring dog biscuits made on-site in the fort’s stone bake oven, participating in a talent show, dressing up in historical fashion with a traditional Métis dog blanket and more. Dogs’ owners can learn about the important roles that dogs played historically in the fur trade.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.