Old Forts Trails
Visitors to the Hi-Line have a rare opportunity to trace
the steps of settlers while viewing the trail of wagon wheels
so deeply ingrained in the landscape they have stood the
test of time and weather.
The Old Forts Trail, an international historic trail,
began at Fort Benton in Montana Territory. The eastern
half of that trail, along the Benton-Walsh Trail, led to Fort
Assinniboine and to Forts Walsh, Battleford and the Wood
Mountain Post in Saskatchewan. The western branch along
the Whoop-Up Trail connected Fort Benton with Forts
Whoop-Up, MacLeod and Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
The trail was an international pioneer roadway and
a vital economic and military link in the development of
the Canadian and American West. There are interpretive
centers and museums at each of the sites along the Old
The nationally distributed American Road® magazine, which features locations on two-lane highways,
featured the Old Forts Trail in their spring 2008 issue. The
feature included seven illustrated pages on the history of
Fort Benton, Fort Assinniboine, Bear's Paw Battlefield, Fort
Walsh, Medicine Hat and beyond.
For information on how to view the trail locally, call
the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce at (406) 2654383 or H. Earl Clack Museum at 265-4000, or go online