Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Montagne a la Bosse Monument (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

A fieldstone cairn in the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth, erected in the early 20th century by a group organized by lawyer Herbert Hanks Goulter of Virden, marks the approximate location of Fort Montagne a la Bosse (also known as Fort la Bosse), a trading post of the North West Company established about 1790. Overlooking the Assiniboine River valley, the original fort site was destroyed during extraction of gravel during construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the area.

Fort Montagne a la Bosse Cairn

Monument to North West Trading Post (1957)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Government Photographs (CH 0267), GR10030, CAM-5-1

Fort Montagne a la Bosse Cairn

Fort Montagne a la Bosse Cairn (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fort Montagne a la Bosse Cairn

Fort Montagne a la Bosse Cairn (July 2023)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.83920, W100.84425
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Centennial Business: The North West Company

Book Review - Sixteen Years in the Indian Country
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 3, Number 3, April 1958


The Virden Story by Ida Clingan, 1957.

We thank Nathan Kramer and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 February 2024

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