Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park
A point of interest on the Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings GPS-guided audio walking tour.
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In 1810, this was actually The North West Company’s “Fort Gibraltar”.
Fur trading was serious business and competition was unwelcome. The Hudson’s Bay Company and The North West Company fought viciously for control.
The Pemmican War, raged here until 1821 when the two companies finally merged. But not before Fort Gibraltar was burnt to the ground, a casualty of the Pemmican War.
In 1822, Fort Garry, property of the victorious, newly merged Hudson’s Bay Company, was erected. Four years later, floodwaters washed it away and a new post was built 30kms downstream.
That 30kms added a day’s travel to already long journeys, though, making Lower Fort Garry very unpopular. And so, in 1835, a trading post appeared again here. And Upper Fort Garry became the back drop to so much history!
It saw the Red River Rebellion, watched Louis Riel overthrow government, listened as Manitoba voted and became part of Canada.
But the world was evolving. The fort was gradually demolished to make way for change. In 1888 the only piece left standing was the gate.
Upper Fort Garry’s story is too big to risk being lost and so has been restored here using a very innovative and creative format.
A 440 ft. steel wall featuring carved murals of days gone by follows the original line of the fort's wall. Sound and light shows depict history, from an early indigenous world to today. A free app is available to make navigating it fun.
Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings
This POI is featured on the Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings Audio Walking Tour, part of the Tripvia Tours mobile app available for Android & Apple.
All audio walking tours are self-guided and include fully narrated commentary.
Each POI has a fun multiple choice trivia challenge you can test your skills on.
The trivia questions are separate from the commentary and completely optional.
The app keeps score for you so you can challenge your friends and family.