Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Fort McLeod


Fort McLeod, a fur-trading post built by Simon Fraser for the North West Company at the north end of McLeod lake, in British Columbia, in 1805. It was the first permanent habitation of white men on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. After the union of the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies in 1821, it was taken over by the Hudson's Bay Company; and has been in continuous operation to the present day. It must be distinguished from McLeod's Fort built on the left bank of the Peace river in 1791, just below the mouth of Smoky river, which was also taken over by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, and was in operation until after 1857.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 372. 

© 2005 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College