Relive Red Lake's Past at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre

Experience this jewel at the end of Highway 105!

It was a few years since I was last at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre. I visited the museum this summer and all I can say is "WOW". It was great the last time I was there, but they've added some interactive displays that are really fantastic. If you've never been there, you must make time next time you are in Red Lake.  

Woodland Art on ties at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
Artist silk ties are complimented with artist signature on the back.

As you first walk into the beautiful building you'll go through the lobby that houses a rotating exhibit to the right as well as many historic banners and the Donor Wall on the left. Help yourself to Red Lake tourist information near the front desk. Before entering the museum you'll go through the Cheeky Beaver Boutique. This gift shop carries a variety of items including clothing, books & DVDs, travel mugs, Woodland Art and historic photographs. If you don't get a chance to buy something, you can also phone in orders by calling 807-727-3006. The Heritage Centre has their stock online

Mining Stories told in a multi media exhibit
Discover Red Lake’s gold mining history through the eyes of Cliff Harvey

As you enter the doors to the museum, you'll find both static and interactive displays on Aboriginal history, gold mining, the fur trade, immigration and more. There's an art wall, and static displays such as a Fur Trade Post, Immigration Story, Dentist Office and Barber Shop. In the centre of the room, you'll find Fairwind's Drum, an interactive display. Hell's Acres and Mining Stories exhibits are multi-media experiences using technology to help you relive the past. 

Hell's Acres display at the Red Lake Museum
Pay a visit to Gramma Gene Campbell at Hell’s Acres

Aviation is a real big part of Red Lake's history. There is a huge high definition movie screen which airs an aviation show. Sit back and enjoy the show! There is also another exhibit hall that has rotating exhibits. Check out the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre for information on these current and upcoming exhibits. They also have a Facebook page to help you can check for any new happenings at the museum. 

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

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