MB ~ Lower Fort Garry : Historic Sites to Visit
Lower Fort Garry was built in 1830 by the Hudson's Bay Company on the western bank of the Red River, 20 mi north of the original Fort Garry. Treaty 1 was signed there. The original fur trading fort was at the fork of the Red River and Assiniboine River. A devastating flood destroyed Fort Garry in 1826, prompting the company's then-governor, George Simpson, to search for a safer location down river. However, once moved the fort saw little trading as it was too far to travel too. Upper Fort Garry was built on the original site at the Forks.
Today, Lower Fort Garry’s solid stone walls tell stories of the foundation of modern Western Canada. Through hands-on interpretive experiences, immerse yourself in the lives and legends of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trappers, hear stories of the First Nations people, roll up your sleeves and try out the tasks of those living in the Fort and experience how Hudson’s Bay Company employees lived.