Fort Vermilion and Area


Fort Vermilion is a Hamlet located approximately 78 km southeast of High Level. It is the oldest settlement in Alberta and was established in 1788 as a post for the North West Company located on the banks of the Mighty Peace River. The name Vermilion comes from the red ochre deposits along the riverbanks in the area. Cree and Beaver Indians were the first to inhabit the area and was a meeting place for northern natives. The fur traders came and shortly after in 1788. The Fort Vermilion trading post was established at Boyer’s Post 5 miles downstream. In 1821, Fort Vermilion was taken over by the Hudson’s Bay company and about 10 years later, the post was moved to the present location of Fort Vermilion.


Fort Vermilion Canada Day Wagon Train

Photo Credit: Ed Froese

Canada Day Wagon Train

Leaving a week early, the Historical Wagon Train travels from Tall Cree to head the Canada Day Parade.

River Daze

River Daze has competitions that revolve around the river.

Rocky Lane Farmers' Day Celebration

Photo Credit: Rocky Lane Ag Society

Farmers Day Celebration

Celebrate the annual Rocky Lane Farmers  Day Celebration in

Bike Races

The Fort Vermilion Board of Trade holds bike races at the end of July.

Agricultural Days

Agricultural Days is a 2 day event in August, followed by their local rodeo.

Fort Vermilion Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale

Photo Credit: Fort Vermillion Support Services

Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale

Don’t miss the Arts & Crafts sale each November in Fort Vermilion, just in time for Christmas!