Rat Portage Post

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Rat Portage Post (1836-1897) - A Hudson's Bay Company stockaded fur trading post established in 1836 on Old Fort Island near present day Kenora, Ontario, Canada. Moved in 1861 to the mainland where it became the community of Rat Portage. Named Rat Portage by the Ojibway people for the many muskrats inhabiting the area. HBC records end in 1897 but the post existed until 1918 as a general store.

Rat Portage Post Sketch 1857.

History of Rat Portage Post

Established in 1836 on Old Fort Island as a stockaded HBC fur trading post. The post was situated on the Lake of the Woods, along the main canoe route into Western Canada. Moved about a half mile onto the mainland at present day Kanora in 1861.

Surviving HBC records begin in 1849 and end in 1897 but the post existed until 1918 as a general store.

Current Status

Marker only in McLeod Park, Kenora, Ontario.

Rat Portage Post Marker at McLeod Park.

Location: Kenora, Ontario. Map point is the marker location.

Maps & Images

Lat: 49.77045 Long: -94.49804

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Visited: 22 Jul 2016


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