We took a trip to Fort William in Thunder Bay Canada. It is a restored trading post and is populated by knowledgeable actors who "live in the period."
It was fantastic, and we learned a ton by interacting with the people. We walked into the trading post and learned we couldn't trade because we were not on contract with the company. Then we learned we could trade at the native store but we didn't have any beaver pelts so alas we couldn't trade. We learned beaver pelts were the hot commodity because all the fine men in Europe were wearing Beaver felt top hats.
Well I could go on and on but it was well worth the trip. But if you go...take bug spray. The mosquitoes were as big as birds!