Today we pay a tribute to one of the Fort’s most important people…the guy who built the place. George Simpson was born in 1787, in Dingwall, Scotland. As the illegitimate son to one of the Queen’s signets, he was raised in a household of aunts and his paternal...Read More
As construction of the Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park continues, we will occasionally be posting items in this that showcase the various elements of the Park that visitors can expect to enjoy. The first of these blog posts will be the easiest to write, because this element was...Read More
John Ralston Saul, Author
“Because of people like you, I can learn about the place where my great, great, great grandfather lived and worked. He was a very strong man. Thank you!”
6-yr old descendant of a Métis Norwester
When you arrive at the Park, a sense of history will take hold. Sculptural installations will guide you to the Governor’s Gate, helping to set the stage for the artistic interpretation of history that will greet you inside the Park.
This is the story of Manitoba.
For thousands of years, this has been a gathering place. A place of many voices, where people came together from all walks of life. It is place where ideas, resistance and rebellion changed our nation for the better and where extraordinary dance, song and storytelling were always centre stage.
Indigenous peoples’ meeting place. European fur trade’s market place. Military and government bastion when the future of northwest America hung in the balance. Centre of conflict and compromise when Manitoba became Canada’s fifth province. It might seem like an ordinary city block today but key moments in the history of northern North America took place on these few acres at the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine River.