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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Norway House Plaques (Norway House, Northern Manitoba)

The first Norway House was built in 1814 at Mossy Point on Lake Winnipeg by Norwegian axemen hired to cut a winter road from the lake to York Factory. After 1821 the post became the Hudson's Bay Company’s principal depot for the Athabasca brigade. Having been destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt here in 1826 near the site of the earlier Jack River House. Its location made it for many years a convenient meeting place for the Council of the Northern Department, and even after the general decline in the fur trade at mid-century, Norway House remained an important trading post. Commemorative plaque at the site were installed by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Federal commemorative plaque at Norway House

Federal commemorative plaque at Norway House (March 2018)
Source: George Penner

Provincial commemorative plaque at Norway House

Provincial commemorative plaque at Norway House (March 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N53.98177, W97.83584
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Archway Warehouse, Jail and Powder Magazine Remains (Norway House, Norway House)


This page was prepared by George Penner.

Page revised: 6 February 2021

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