Tradesmen's House

Some tradesmen remained at Fort William on a year-round basis, while others stayed only for the summer. Year-round tradesmen including the blacksmith, tinsmith, carpenter, joiner, armourer, canoe-maker and tailor inhabit the south half of this building. Like other Nor'Westers who wintered in the interior, most tradesmen at Fort William probably entered into a marriage á la façon du nord.

Although a few tradesmen had Scottish names and spoke English, most were French Canadian.  Drawn mostly from the suburbs of Montreal and Quebec, they received a little less pay than the guides, who ranked highest amongst the engagés. The tradesmen's wages ranged from several hundred livres a year for the carpenter to one thousand for the blacksmith, about what a voyageur guide received.