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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Silver Heights Gates (Mount Royal Road, Winnipeg)

Silver Heights was a stopping place on the Portage Trail and refuge of settlers during the floods of 1826 and 1852. Here, in 1856, John Rowand Jr. of the Hudson’s Bay Company built a log house that was enlarged and occupied by James McKay, Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Council, by Donald A. Smith (Lord Strathcona) later Governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and by Manitoba’s first two Lieutenant-Governors. It was destroyed by fire in 1892. For several years, a herd of bison were kept in this area.

A 1958 Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba plaque and structure is located on the west side of Mount Royal Road at the corner of Traill Avenue. The location is a municipally-designated historic site.

Silver Heights Gates

Silver Heights Gates (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87688, W97.24558
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

HRB Pamphlets: Silver Heights

Historic Sites of Manitoba: James McKay Plaque (2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Silver Heights Gates, 0 Mount Royal Road, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1995.

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2023

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