Sault Ste. Marie in Algoma District, Ontario — Central Canada
The North West Company Post
Travellers on the canoe route to the West had to make a portage around the St. Mary's rapids. The North West Company established a fur-trading post south of the river by 1791. After the British abandoned their occupation of the American midwest, the company moved its post here in 1797. The depot eventually included storehouses, a canal and lock, a sawmill, and a portage road. Wharves were built at either end of the rapids for boats to unload supplies. An American invasion fleet razed the site in 1814, but the Nor'Westers rebuilt it almost immediately. It became a Hudson's Bay Company post following the union of the two rival fur trading companies in 1821.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Location. 46° 30.904′ N, 84° 20.732′ W. Marker is in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in Algoma District. Marker can be reached from Hub Trail 0.1 kilometers east of Canal Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located near the water along the Hub Trail pedestrian walkway. Marker is in this post office area: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6W4, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Hector Clergue (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal Sault Ste. Marie Ship Canal (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Anna Jameson (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The "Chicora" Incident (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Passenger and Packet Freighters on the Upper Great Lakes (approx. one kilometer away); Dr. Roberta Bondar (approx. one kilometer away); Nicolas Perrot (approx. 1.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sault Ste. Marie.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.