The Visitor Center is very nice. It is a short walk down to the fort or you can take the jitney.
|Plaque About Union of NW and HBC Posts|
|Overview Picture of Fort Today|
|Woodcarving in Visitor Center|
|Lake at Visitor Center|
Fort William today is a reconstructed fur trade post as it existed in 1815. This site opened in 1973. When touring, you feel as if you have stepped back in history during the fur trading of the Northwest Fur Trade and Hudson Bay Company. The fort sits on the Kaministiquia River in Thunder Bay featuring 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres offering a variety of programs including overnight experiences, education programs, artisan workshops and much more. The original post was located several kilometers downstream.
|Wintering House and Corn Store|
|Residence Bedroom of Dr John McLoughlin and Wife|
|Stone Store for Liquor and Provisions|
|Indian Shop(local Ojibwa traded furs for provisions)|
|Canoe Shed(Canoes are still built here)|
|Canoe Being Built|
|Here's Looking at You|
|Shearing the Sheep|
|Loving the Cute Goat|
|Reanactment of Voyager Trial|
Originally established in 1803 as Fort Kaministiquia, it was renamed Fort William in 1807. The trade goods came from Montreal via the Voyagers. The furs were packaged and compressed into90 pound bundles and returned to Montreal.
The post continued to operate until the change of fashion and depletion of fur animals until the 1870's. The arrival of the railroads brought an end to the Voyager system and was officially closed in 1883. The site was obliterated by the CPR in the 1890's. The powder magazine was the last of the buildings to be destroyed in 1902.
I urge you to visit if in the Thunder Bay area.