How to help
The support of over 50,000 visitors annually is what keeps the park going. Come spend the day with us!
Your admission to Fort Steele Heritage Town goes a long way in ensuring that Fort Steele continues! We've heard a lot of funny things throughout the years, and we want to assure you that we will always continue to strive to keep admission prices as low as possible to continue operating Fort Steele Heritage Town into the foreseeable future!
As a not for profit organization, The Fort Steele Board of Directors is a volunteer board of five unique and wonderful individuals that volunteer their time to support and mentor the staff at Fort Steele, all while striving towards the sustainability and long time future of the site!
Justification of our admissions always takes a toll on our front of line staff. We take an incredible amount of pride in the work that we do, operating with very little man power for the sheer over reaching size of Fort Steele! In order to keep Fort Steele running for many many years to come, our staff must go to painstaking lengths to preserve and protect this incredible historic site. With over 98 structures, hundreds of thousands of artefacts, and a miniscule amount staff of just 15 responsible for the maintenance, preservation and administration of the site, we certainly work hard to get as much done as we can! Of course, the site winds up during the spring, summer and fall and we hit around 80 staff each year to run the programming, the 15 core site staff work tirelessly to ensure it all rolls together without a hitch, it is actually pretty impressive! Fort Steele runs as lean as possible in the off season to get through to the busy season, during the winter months we turn off admission and go by donation. One of our own core staff once said "Horses eat grass, how expensive can they be?!" as it turns out, Horses take a whole lot more than just grass (not to mention the Veterinary expenditures!)
Become a Volunteer
Becoming a volunteer is easy - and fun! There is a wide variety of work to be done. You can work with visitors or behind the scenes. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like. For a full list of volunteer positions, or to become a volunteer today, call 250.417.6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations help us keep Fort Steele alive and vibrant! Whether it’s support for one animal, a building, or a general donation, they all add up! Does your company like to support not for profit organizations? Sponsorships are welcome! Donations are tax deductible and every little bit counts. The Friends of Fort Steele made history in 2008 with the establishment of permanent endowment fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies. Fundraising exceeded expectations and by year end the fund held $56,000 thanks to a matching funds grant awarded from the BC Arts Renaissance Fund. As this fund grows it will contribute significantly to the sustainability of operations as well as the lasting legacy of Fort Steele’s greatest assets, its historical buildings, by supporting on-going restoration and preservation work.
Online donations can be made at the following link to support and contribute to the Fort Steele endowment fund. http://https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/give/donate/fund/community-foundation-kootenay-rockiesfriends-fort-steele-society-endowment-fund
If you would like to make a donation not online we can be contacted by phone at 250.417.6000 or in writing to
9851 Hwy 93/95, Fort Steele, BC, V0B 1N0.
CFKR’s contact information.
Physical office: 100-131 7th Ave. S., Cranbrook BC;
Mailing address: Box 242, Cranbrook BC, V2C 4H8;
A Special Thank You:
We would like to give a special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Hanemayer for making regular, significant contributions to our endowment fund every year!