Souris-Assiniboine Posts National Historic Site of Canada
© Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1929
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Early Trade. Assiniboine-Souris-Missouri
Existing plaque: Lions Park Wawanesa, Manitoba
The confluence of the Souris and Assiniboine Rivers was a major victualling centre for the fur trade. During the period 1793-1824, the Hudson's Bay, North West, and XY Companies maintained posts in this area to trade with the Indians between Lake Manitoba and Missouri River for corn, pemmican, and fur. The Yellow Quill Trail crossed this region carrying inter-tribal and fur trade traffic. Many famous traders and explorers, including John Macdonnell, Cuthbert Grant, Peter Fidler, David Thompson, Alexander Henry, and Daniel Harmon were associated with these posts.Original Plaque: Village of Wawanesa Office Wawanesa, Manitoba
Near this place, on the Assiniboine river, the North West, Hudson's Bay, and XY companies, rivals in the fur trade, built between 1785 and 1828 at least seven forts.
From here ran the trade route to the Mandan country on the Missouri; by this way David Thompson, trader, explorer, and geographer, passed and re-passed; and here he remained for a time in 1797-98.