Heritage Livestock

Heritage Livestock

Watch as our active livestock department works with the animals at Fort Steele to recreate the daily routines of farming life in the 1890’s.

Daily livestock demonstrations in the spring, summer and fall include daily care and feeding, horse-powered grain grinding, hay sling, and baling. Old-time farming equipment is used for sowing crops in the spring, haying and raking in the summer and harvesting in the fall.

Around the Town site you will discover a multitude of animals including pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, donkeys, ducks, and in particular, our team of ‘gentle giant’ Clydesdale horses which are a visitor’s delight, and have become a Fort Steele icon. 

The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse, native to the Clyde River Valley of Scotland. In 1970, the Oakalla Prison Farm on the west coast of British Columbia closed and their herd of purebred Black Clydesdales was relocated to Fort Steele. Most of the Clydesdales you see here today were born at Fort Steele, and some are descendants of the herd from Oakalla. It has become tradition that the horses are named after prominent Fort Steele figures of the past. See plaques with each horses' name and lineage in the barn. Take a ride with one of our teamsters in a horse-drawn wagon pulled by these gentle giants and experience the original meaning of horse-power. (Please refer to our schedule for availability)

Many of the animals you’ll visit here are rare and endangered breeds and are registered with Rare Breeds Canada.  Such as: