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Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site of Canada

Main | Entrance | Courtyard | Workshops | Barracks | North Rampart


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Video on the Workshops

Transcript: These are the trade workshops. Large bay-side posts such as Prince of Wales Fort were expected to produce many goods for the fur trade. Inside these workshops bakers, blacksmiths, carpenters, coopers, tailors and stone masons applied their trade. This is the stone masons’ workshop. At the rear of the workshop you can find a Free Mason symbol. Who carved it has been a source of conjecture for many years.

Did you know? There were apprentices as young as 12 years old sent to Prince of Wales Fort to learn a trade. Paid only room and board, they were to do as they were told and apply themselves to learning their trade. An apprenticeship typically lasted seven years.

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