Historic Sites of Manitoba: East and West Mossy Portages Monument (Northern Manitoba)

This site is part of The Pas Moraine, a high, well-drained natural causeway that served Aboriginal peoples long before European contact as a major east-west route between the northern Interlake and Manitoba’s western uplands. With the advent of watercraft several thousand years ago, narrow portions of the moraine became portages vital to north-south traffic between Cedar Lake and Lake Winnipegosis. This route was opened to white traders in 1750 when the sons of La Verendrye crossed Mossy Portage. Until the 1870s, the portages connected the main western route from Hudson Bay to the Swan River-Lake Dauphin fur areas. The crossings were important to the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Nor-Westers, and independent traders. Use of the portages diminished after the introduction of steam transportation in the North West. This plaque was erected in 1984 by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba. A second commemorative plaque was erected in 2001 beside the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas.

East and West Mossy Portages Monument

East and West Mossy Portages Monument (2010)
Source: Dale Wrubleski

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N53.06763, W100.12763
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: East and West Mossy Portages Monument (Fischer Avenue, The Pas)


This page was prepared by Dale Wrubleski and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2021

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