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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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