Thunder Bay’s Fort William, the world’s largest fur trading post, was laid out in the design of the Union Jack Flag

Old Fort William courtesy Thunder Bay Tourism

Old Fort William courtesy Thunder Bay Tourism

Thunder Bay, Ontario – Thunder Bay’s Fort William Historical Park is a reconstruction of  the largest fur trading post in the world. Today you can wander through more than 40 buildings in 1850 of the original fort, many staffed with interpreters dress in period clothing.

One of the most unique aspects of the fort is that viewed from above (and when the original was built only the birds could do this!) its courtyard pathways were laid out in the design of the Union Jack Flag.

Fort William was the headquarters for the North West Fur Trading Company from 1803 to 1821, and that era is recreated and celebrated each summer in early July with the five-day ‘Great Rendezvous’ festival.

Quick Tip: It was during an overnight stay at this fort late on August that I was lucky enough to see spectacular northern lights.

Thunder Bay sits on the north shore of Lake Superior (the world’s largest body of fresh water) half way between Winnipeg and Sault Ste Marie. About 45 km from town, on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Superior, is Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. It was voted one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Canada’ by viewers of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Visitors can swim, fish, camp, hike and watch for wildlife from fox to moose.


Fort William Historical Park, 1350 King Rd Thunder Bay, Ontario


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