4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap In

4th Annual Ft Whoop Up Knap in

Sept 1-4/2017

at the Ft Whoop Up Black Powder Range, Lethbridge AB

Host Barry Rogers, 403 678 5041

We will join the Black Powder Rendezvous so bring some points and knives to sell to them at the auction and anything else they may want. Any knapper with a black powder gun can participate in the shoots. They must have insurance or purchase it from the Black Powder Club for $5. It is located in the valley close to the confluence of the St Marys River and the Old Man River, near the original site of Ft Whoop Up. Free camping will be available on the banks of the Old Man river to preregistered knappers and a $10 attendance fee will be charged for nonregistered knappers and visitors.  Period dress is preferred but not mandatory.

Master Knappers from Canada and the US will be available to instruct those who want to learn or improve their knapping skills. This is an opportunity to meet many knappers with varying skills and experiences. Rock and tools will be available.

Many may choose to visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Fort Macleod, about 40 miles west of Lethbridge or Writing on Stone Park east of Milk River.

If you are a knapper or a wannabe knapper and wish to attend, register as soon as possible with Barry Rogers at rockybearroad@gmail.com or 403-678-5041.  This will help us plan our forth Canadian Ft Whoop Up Knap-In and to secure a camping site for you. Rock and tools will be available to use, you must supply eyeglass must be worn to protect ones eye from flying rock shards. The weather man has promised warm dry weather .There will be an archery/atlatl range. We expect 20 to 30 Knappers and 40 to 50 Blackpowder shooters.

There is no entry fee for the Knappers, wannabes  and their families.  You must register for a camping site either trailer or tent, no services, n open field in beside the Old Man River.  There is lots of room for trailers, and tents.  Public toilets on site are available; no power or water.

A full service camp ground (Bridgeview RV Resort, 403-381-2357) in the river valley off of Highway #3 is available a short drive away if you require full services, call to make a reservation.

Hotels:  Are available at the south end of mayor Macgrath Dr.

Lethbridge has supermarkets, Costco, Wal-Mart etc.  There is a trailer dump station and potable city water available at the Tourist Information Hut (403-320-1222) on the corner of Mayor Magrath Dr. and Scenic Drive So.  A multitude of food, hotels, restaurants and stores are located in the south end of Mayor Magrath Dr in Lethbridge no far from the camping site.

Arriving – Go north on Mayor Macgrath Dr towards the airport and follow the signs to get to the Knap-In:  GPS coordinates are 49°37.516, W 112°50.813  for the range

From the East and West on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3)  –  Entering Lethbridge from on the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3), turn South onto Maryor Magrath Dr, go South (8 Km, or 5 Miles) and turn right on TSR 82 and follow the signs to  the site.

From the South coming in on Highway #4 (from Coutts US/Canada Border Crossing):  –  Follow Highway #4 to the intersection of Mayor Magrath Drive turn south on Mayor Magrath Dr to TSR 82 and follow the signs to the site

Note – A passport is required to enter Canada and return to the U.S.  Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) indicate both citizenship and identity and are valid for entry into Canada by land or sea, though not valid for international air travel. As of January 2009, these licenses are only available in Washington and New York.

We have a very limited data base to send this invitation to, ask any knapper or knapper wanntabes if they received this invite, if they would like to be included please forward their names, tel # and emails to Barry Rogers.

If you have questions call Barry Rogers, 403-678-5041 or email rockybearroad@gmail.com


Set up Noon on

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.

Knapping 8 am to whenever
11 am and 2 pm 2” goat contests
6 pm Pot Luck and Corn Supper with the Black Powder Shooters, all will bring pot luck salads deserts etc. for everyone about 30 knappers and 60 Black Powder peoples

Knapping 8am to when we get until we want to quit.
Pot Luck leftovers for lunch

Noon Break up, you can camp Monday nite if you want time to search the Oldman River for fossils and ammonites.


Go south of Lethbridge on Hyw 5 turn right on to TWP 82 (82A), go about 1.5 miles west to a T intersection turn left on to Range Rd 215 go 1 mile and turn right on to TWP Rd 81 go another mile and turn right at the Black Powder Range sign and go north about a mile down into the valley the range is on the left.