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10thAnnual Whoop Up/Black Powder Rendezvous & Knap-In
August 31st - September 4th
Ft Whoop Up Black Powder Range, Lethbridge AB
Host Barry Rogers

We will join the Black Powder Rendezvous so bring some points and knives to sell to them at the auction. Any knapper with a black powder gun can participate in their shoots. They must have insurance or purchase it from the Black Powder Club for $5.The knap-in is free for preregistered knappers. Period dress is encouraged (many of the black powder shooters do this). The site is located in the valley close to the confluence of the St Mary River and the Old Man River, near the original site of Ft Whoop Up. Free camping with toilets will be available on the banks of the Old Man River

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 or 403-678-5041.   This will help us plan our 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 eyeglasses which 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, in open a 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.

Location: Ft Whoop Up, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

GPS Coordinates 4937.516, W 11250.813 for the range



From the South (Hwy 5)
- Head north to just past the airport
- Turn west (left) onto Township Rd 82 and follow the directions in part B.

From the East and West - On the Crowsnest Trail Highway (#3)
- Proceed to Mayor Magrath Dr. and turn South
- Drive a little over 6 km (just under 4 mi) and turn right on Township Rd 82 (just before the airport)
- Follow the directions in part B.

From the Southeast (Hwy 4 from Coutts US/Canada Border Crossing):
- Follow Highway 4 but when it turns back north, continue straight west (now on 24 St.) to Mayor Magrath Dr.
- Turn south on Mayor Magrath Dr. to Township Rd 82 and follow the directions in part B.


Once you turn west onto Township Rd 82 by the airport (watch for signs for the black powder shoot)
- Go about 1.5 miles west to a T Intersection, turn left onto Range Rd 215, go 1 mile (1.6km)
- Turn right on to TWP Rd 81, go another mile and turn right at the Black Powder Range sign.
- Go north about a mile down into the valley; you will see the range on the left.

GPS coordinates for the range areN 4938.6, W 11250.9.

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. If you wish to bring a black powder gun check with the Canadian Border Service on how to cross the border with it..

If you have question call Barry Rogers, (403) 678-5041 or

*We have a very limited data base to send this invitation to so please extend this information to any knapper or knapper wannabes. If they would like to be included in our e-mail list please forward their names, tel # and emails to Barry Rogers.

- Thursday noon: Set up
- Friday: Knapping 8am (or when we get going) until we want to quit.
- Saturday: Knapping 8 am to the evening with guitar playing and singing.

- 2 goat contests
- Potluck and auction

- Sunday: Knapping 8 am until we want to quit.
- Monday: Noon Break up; you can camp Monday night if you want time to search the Oldman River for fossils and ammonites, or just have a cool swim.

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