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The New Deputy Minister Visits FWHP PDF Print E-mail
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deputy--jason.pngFort William Historical Park unfurled the welcome mat for new Deputy Minister of Tourism Phil Howell February 28th.  Since his appointment in January, Deputy Minister Howell has been busy getting acquainted with the operations and attractions in the Ministry. Previously, he had been serving as Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. [Read more and view photos]

Accompanied by Assistant Deputy Minister Gary Commeford, Deputy Minister Howell got a brief tour of the Fort, which began with a sleigh ride and visits to a variety of heritage buildings and areas, including the Native Encampment, the new Learning Wigwam, Historic Kitchen, Canoe Shed and the Farm.

During visits to the Cantine, the Fort's on-site food service outlet, and the Bell House, a building equipped for overnight stays, the Deputy was able see pro-active efforts being undertaken by the Fort to mitigate damage to the modern interior infrastructure.

Mr. Howell and Mr. Commeford also had opportunity to share refreshments with Fort staff in the Great Hall before being presented with brass heritage lanterns by General Manager Sergio Buonocore.

 
Monument Re-Dedication PDF Print E-mail
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monument-re-dedication.pngFort William Historical Park (FWHP) recently assisted in providing some much-deserved attention for a somewhat overlooked piece of Canadian fur trade history quietly standing in Thunder Bay's east end.

Led by FWHP General Manager Sergio Buonocore, Fort staff and volunteers literally lent a hand of support in a re-dedication ceremony staged by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society (TBHMS) for a memorial tablet originally unveiled by the Society just after the turn of the century.

The tablet was the Society's first large-scale project, commenced in 1913 and completed and unveiled in 1916.  The monument marks the union of the Hudson Bay Company and the Northwest Company, having been restored and re-dedicated as part of the Society's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Former Fort historian Jean Morrison remarked in her address to gathered onlookers, which included members of the Métis Nation of Ontario, about how the monument's location tied into other historical aspects of not only Thunder Bay history, but that of Canada as a whole.  

In his remarks, Fort GM Sergio Buonocore commented on how their ambition and drive led the Nor'Westers to build a mammoth operation in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, their legacy realized in the reconstructed version of their original fort which now stands as the region's major tourism attraction and continues to impress visitors and media from around the world.

Upon the crack of musket salutes, Sergio assisted in unveiling the refurbished monument, along with TBHMS president Frank Gerry, city councillor Larry Hebert and 79-year-old Thomas Dyke, who was eight years old when he witnessed the monument's first re-dedication.

Thanks to the restoration efforts, the monument is now in pristine condition, a testament to Canadian fur trade history, standing proudly just as it did years ago for its first unveiling in 1916.

 
Virtual Tour PDF Print E-mail
Virtual Tour

Click on a link below to view our full 360 virtual tours of some of our most popular historic buildings. Each tour delivers the rustic feeling of living in the 1800's without even leaving your home!!!

Or check out the Main Square for our full Virtual Tour!!! 

Apothecary

Native Encampment

Native Store

McGillivary's Bedroom

The Outfits

The Trade Square

Native Encampment Wigwam

The Wintering House

The Cooperage

 
Fur Trade History PDF Print E-mail
School Programs

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Fort William and the North American fur trade? This list is a useful resource for anyone requiring detailed information. Explore selected topics or gain a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating period in North American history with this convenient research tool. Happy reading!

To view a sample of our suggested readings online, please click HERE.

SUGGESTED READING

Black, Arthur.  Old Fort William:  Not the definitive, authorised, shrink-proof, cling-free story...  Illustrations by Greg Zelinski.  Thunder Bay:  Old Fort William Volunteer Association, 1985
A whimsical, accurate account of the Reconstructed Fort.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins.  The North West Company.  With foreword by Hugh MacLennan.  Vancouver, Toronto:  Douglas & McIntyre, 1973, 1983.

Campbell, Susan.  Fort William:  Living and Working at the Post.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  The Fort's daily life and culture before and after 1821.

Cloutier, Jean-Pierre.  Fort William:  Food-Related Artifacts.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  An analysis of the flora and fauna remains as well as the artifacts related to cooking and eating found at the Site of the Original Fort William.

Durnford, Hugh, ed.  Heritage of Canada.  The Reader's Association (Canada) Ltd., 1978.
Includes "Shrewd Scottish Peddlers & Tireless Voyageurs", as well as many photographs of Old Fort William.

Halloran, Joan.  "Wooden Fort of the Early Northwest:  Fort William".  APT, Vol. VI No.2, 1974, pp. 39-81. The Historical Basis for the Reconstruction Project.

MacKay, Corday.  "The Great Rendezvous, Kaministikwia - Fort William".  Canadian Geographical Journal, January 1948.

Wallace, W. Stewart.  "Fort William of the Fur Trade".  The Beaver, December 1949,
pp. 16-19.

Young, Gregg A.  "The Organization of the Transfer of Furs at Fort William:  A Study in Historical Geography".  Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society - Papers and Records, 1974.

* All above references are housed in the Library of Fort William Historical Park.

For more information on the Canadian Fur Trade please visit the following websites:

Canadiana.org

Marianopolis College - History of the Fur Trade in Canada 

TFO.org - Rendezvous Voyageur 

Public Archives of Ontario - David Thompson 

 
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Library

Are you interested in learning more about the history of Fort William and the North American fur trade? This list is a useful resource for anyone requiring detailed information. Explore selected topics or gain a comprehensive understanding of this fascinating period in North American history with this convenient research tool. Happy reading!

To view a sample of our suggested readings online, please click HERE

Black, Arthur.  Old Fort William:  Not the definitive, authorised, shrink-proof, cling-free story...  Illustrations by Greg Zelinski.  Thunder Bay:  Old Fort William Volunteer Association, 1985
A whimsical, accurate account of the Reconstructed Fort.

Campbell, Marjorie Wilkins.  The North West Company.  With foreword by Hugh MacLennan.  Vancouver, Toronto:  Douglas & McIntyre, 1973, 1983.

Campbell, Susan.  Fort William:  Living and Working at the Post.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  The Fort's daily life and culture before and after 1821.

Cloutier, Jean-Pierre.  Fort William:  Food-Related Artifacts.  Fort William Archaeological Project, 1976.  An analysis of the flora and fauna remains as well as the artifacts related to cooking and eating found at the Site of the Original Fort William.

Durnford, Hugh, ed.  Heritage of Canada.  The Reader's Association (Canada) Ltd., 1978.
Includes "Shrewd Scottish Peddlers & Tireless Voyageurs", as well as many photographs of Old Fort William.

Halloran, Joan.  "Wooden Fort of the Early Northwest:  Fort William".  APT, Vol. VI No.2, 1974, pp. 39-81. The Historical Basis for the Reconstruction Project.

MacKay, Corday.  "The Great Rendezvous, Kaministikwia - Fort William".  Canadian Geographical Journal, January 1948.

Wallace, W. Stewart.  "Fort William of the Fur Trade".  The Beaver, December 1949,
pp. 16-19.

Young, Gregg A.  "The Organization of the Transfer of Furs at Fort William:  A Study in Historical Geography".  Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society - Papers and Records, 1974.

* All above references are housed in the Library of Fort William Historical Park.
 
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