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Historic Fort William

Fort William: Hub of the Fur Trade

Fort William as site of the Company's Rendezvous and the cultural entities who toiled here in the early 1800s.

Canoe Manufacturing

One of the most important items manufactured at the Fort was the birch bark canoe, that was key to unlocking the Western interior. 

Montreal and NWC Executives

Montreal's role as headquarters for the North West Company and the roles of some noteworthy Nor'Westers.

Northwest to the Pacific

How Fort William came to exist and its magnificence as inland headquarters of the NWC.

The Voyageur and the Birchbark Canoe

The different types of birch bark canoes and the role of the voyageur, who paddled the canoes thousands of miles.

Voyageur: Class Structure 

The hierarchy of the voyageurs, primarily the guides, who are ‘masters' of the canoe brigades.

First Nations Camp:

Harvesting fur pelts as well as a taste of daily life in the Aboriginal camp near Fort William.

Kick Up Your Heels!

A glimpse at period dance steps, often seen during canoe arrivals today at FWHP.

Music to Soothe the Soul

A fiddle, jaw's harp and spoons were among the musical instruments that enlivened the voyageur camps during rendezvous at Fort William.

Voyageur: Human Pack Horse

An illustration of the arduous life of the voyageur, using tump lines to carry packs on their backs and their sturdy shoulders to hoist the birch bark canoes during a portage.

A Fur Trade Treat

Voyageurs whip up some tasty pakwejigan, also known as bannock or fried bread, in their fry pans.






























































































Photo Gallery


Video Gallery

Fort William Historical Park has a vast archive of digital video clips depicting life in 1816 at the World’s Largest Fur Trade Post. We also have clips of the many colourful modern celebrations that the Fort hosts every year to entertain and educate our visitors.

The Fort’s collection of digital video clips will soon be expanded through our involvement in a number of exciting High Definition video projects. Once completed, this new medium will be an integral part of our video library and increase the range of choices for discovering more about one of the world’s leading heritage sites.

Fort William Historical Park not only produces its own digital video products, such as the Fort William Diaries, but it is also the focus of many television segments and motion picture productions. Visit our On Location section to learn more about Fort William on the big screen. These film productions, combined with the Fort’s video collection, have created a rich body of work that offers fascinating glimpses into events that shaped North America’s history.

To see our Hi-Definition feature film trailer please visit The Hinge



The use of selections from our Video Gallery is restricted to non-commercial, personal, and educational purposes. Should you wish to use any selection for commercial or business purposes, please contact our Marketing Department for more information.

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We are always interested in seeing how Fort William Historical Park images have been incorporated into your endeavour, so please send a copy of your completed project to the Marketing Department by e-mail or regular mail:

Fort William Historical Park
1350 King Road
Thunder Bay ON