Kenora in Kenora District, Ontario — Central Canada
Rat Portage Post
On Old Fort Island a half mile north of here, the Hudson's Bay Company erected a stockaded fur trading post about 1836. This was the first known European structure within present Kenora. In 1861 the post was moved to the mainland, where it formed the nucleus of the community of Rat Portage. Situated on the main canoe route to the West, the post was visited by many persons prominent in Canada's history: including Sir George Simpson, Sir John Henry Lefroy, Paul Kane, Captain John Palliser, Simon James Dawson and Colonel Garnet Wolseley. The post, which in its later years became a general store, was closed in 1918.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 49° 46.229′ N, 94° 29.88′ W. Marker is in Kenora, Ontario, in Kenora District. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway (Provincial Highway 17) 0.4 kilometers east of Nethercutt Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small parking area just across the street from the world-famous Husky the Muskie statue. Marker is in this post office area: Kenora, Ontario P9N 1S4, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rev. Albert Lacombe, O.M.I. The Wolseley Expedition 1870 (approx. 3.3 kilometers away).
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.