Fort Whoop-Up in Lethbridge isn't quite what it used to be, and will be under new management in 2016.

The replica historical site has been the centre of a dust-up between the city and the historical society which has run the attraction for over 40 years. 

After removing 10,000 artifacts which it owns, the Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Society decided not to submit a proposal to run the centre in a bidding process initiated by the city.

It was the search for proposals to operate the fort which soured relations between the city and the society.

A total of six applicants did toss their hats into the ring, including the Galt Museum & Archives, an historical facility located in Lethbridge. 

A decision on the new operator is expected in the next few weeks, and while the Interpretive Society says it's willing to work with a new operator at the replica fort, for now its artifacts will remain in storage.


  • An earlier version of this story said it was a city of Lethbridge spokesperson who said the city encouraged the Galt Museum to apply to run Fort Whoop-Up. It was a Galt Museum spokesperson who made that statement.
    Jan 03, 2016 2:32 PM MT