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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lower Fort Garry (RM of St. Andrews)

One of the finest collections of early stone buildings in western Canada, Lower Fort Garry in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews was built for Governor George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) between 1831 and 1846. Schooners linked Norway House to the Fort which was a focus for industry and transport in the lower Red River Settlement. Its farm helped supply food for boat brigades and oxen for Red River cars. After 1870 the Fort was used as a federal prison and the first training base for the North West Mounted Police. It housed the Motor Country Club from 1913 to 1962 and was given to Canada by the HBC in 1951.

Lower Fort Garry (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0038

Lower Fort Garry (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The stone walls of Lower Fort Garry

The stone walls of Lower Fort Garry (August 2013)
Source: George Penner

An interior at Lower Fort Garry

An interior at Lower Fort Garry (August 2013)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N50.11148, W96.93035
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Organization: Motor Country Club

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Indian Treaty No. 1 Plaque (RM of St. Andrews)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Upper Fort Garry (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada

Sources:

“Canada given Lower Fort by Hudson’s Bay Company,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1951, page 1.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2017

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