Watch as our active livestock department works with all of our Heritage Livestock to recreate the daily routines of farming life in the 1890's!
Around the Town site you will discover a multitude of animals including pigs, chickens, 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.
*Please remember if you are visiting to not feed our animals as they are on very specific diets*
Many of the animals you’ll visit here are rare and endangered breeds and are registered with Rare Breeds Canada. Such as:
BLACK CLYDESDALE HORSE
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 many 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 our barn.
JEFFREY OUR DONKEY!
Jeffrey has been a part of Fort Steele and is a favourite to see by many of our tourists. Unlike most Donkey's, Jeffrey sometimes believes he is a clydesdale himself. He will never turn away the attention from tourists, especially if it means he will receive his ears being rubbed! If your lucky enough maybe get a chance to see what Jeffrey was trained to do - be a packing donkey!
BIG BLACK PIGS
If their name doesn't say enough about them wait to be amazed! Our big black pigs are very friendly loveable creatures. The Big Black Pig is a heritage breed of pig to Fort Steele. Did you know pigs are one of the cleanest animals in the world? They may be muddy, but they at least are clean and not getting a sunburn!
Our cotswold sheep are beautiful lovely safe friendly sheep! The sheep originate from England and are a rare breed of sheep to find in todays world. What makes these sheep so special is their wool. Their wool is some of the best wool to use as it doesn't itch, plus one sheep can grow up to 12cm of wool a year. Plus their babies a really cute if you get the chance to see our lambs when we have them!
BLUE SLATE TURKEYS
Ever wonder why a turkey looks so ugly? Come check out our crazy gobbling turkeys to find out the truth. Male turkeys will puff up and hold their breath until they turn blue in the face to impress a female turkey! Don't believe us come check it our for yourselves.
Always remember being taught all ducks quack? Well you were taught wrong! Our muscovy ducks do not quack they like to "hiss" instead. Come check out the unique duck that does not originate from the Mallard Duck and hisses versus quacks.
No wonder they are coloured white and red, these chickens are Canada's breed of Chicken! these chickens were bred to survice our cold Canadian winters and still be provide us with farm freash eggs even it the coldest of weather!
BARRED ROCK CHICKENS
The barred rock chickens may not be a Canadian chicken, but they are a heritage chicken that is amazing at supplying its owners with a great supply of farm fresh eggs everyday!
VARIETY OF CATS
What better place to have a bunch of cats! All of our cats are friendly and love the attention from our guests, so please make sure you take a break to pet and see our lovable cats that keep our town safe from mice!