A stone monument marks the former site of the fur trading post of Fort Ellice of the Hudson’s Bay Company, now situated in what is now the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie. At one time under private ownership, the site was purchased from A. B. Fouillard in June 2012 by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, with plans to make it freely accessible to the public.
A plaque attached to the monument reads: “Fort Ellice. Established at Beaver Creek, 1831, by the Hudson’s Bay Co., replacing earlier posts of this and North West Companies. Esperance, 1783, Cuthbert Grant’s House, 1793, Montagne a la Bosse, 1794, Beaver House, about 1817, and others - depots for Indian trade, and pemmican. Rebuilt on this site, 1862, as a strategic point in north west trails and trade.”
View of Fort Ellice from the north, 1890. The large building on the right side, with a covered balcony on the second floor over the entrance, is the Chief Factor’s residence.
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Fort Ellice 3.
View of Fort Ellice (1890s)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Fort Ellice #14.
The site of Fort Ellice with a commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Fort Ellice monument (August 2002)
Source: Kurt Dorward
Site Location (lat/long): N50.41140, W101.28783
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memories of Fort Ellice by A. B. Baird
Manitoba History, Number 54, February 2007
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Ellice (RM of Ellice-Archie)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Third Crossing Monument (Gladstone)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Ellice Trail Marker (Lions River Bend Park, Neepawa)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tanner’s Crossing (Minnedosa)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Ellice Trail Marker (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Ellice Trail Marker (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glacial Lake Agassiz Plaque (Arden, Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba
Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Benoit Fouillard (1920-2014)
Hiking the Heartland: Explore Manitoba on Foot by Prairie Pathfinders, 2007.
“Fort Ellice site sold to Nature Conservancy of Canada,” Manitoba Co-operator, Vol. 70, No. 44, page 25. [1 November 2012]
We thank Kurt Dorward for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 December 2016
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