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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grant’s Old Mill (2777 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

A grain mill was operated at this site on Sturgeon Creek in what is now the St. James area of Winnipeg, between 1829 and about 1832, by Metis leader Cuthbert Grant. The first water mill in Western Canada, a working recreation of the mill building was erected at the site in 1974 as part of Winnipeg’s centennial celebrations. Its one-foot thick logs came from Gypsumville and its stones from quarries at Garson.

Grant's Old Mill

Grant’s Old Mill (1980s)
Source: Bob Hainstock, RWH027

Grant's Old Mill

Grant’s Old Mill (2011)
Source: Bill Fraser

Grant's Old Mill

Grant’s Old Mill (May 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87934, W97.27537
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

The Reconstruction of Grant’s Mill by F. W. Armstrong
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 21, Number 1, Autumn 1975

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series

Memorable Manitobans: Francis Walker “Frank” Armstrong (1900-1986)


We thank Bill Fraser and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2022

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