Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
July 2005

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


Fort Kamloops


Fort Kamloops, a Hudson's Bay Company post on the south bank of the South Thompson river, opposite the confluence of the North Thompson river, in what is now British Columbia. The first fort on this site was built by David Stuart in 1812 for the Pacific Fur Company. In 1813 it was taken over by the North West Company, and named Fort Thompson, after David Thompson. Shortly afterward the Nor'Westers built a new fort on the east shore of the North Thompson at the confluence; and this fort was acquired by the Hudson's Bay Company at the time of the union of the two companies in 1821. A third fort was constructed between 1842 and 1850 on the opposite bank of the North Thompson river, and was named Fort Kamloops (which means "the meeting of waters"). Finally, in 1861-2 a fourth fort, named Fort Kamloops, was erected on the site of the post built by David Stuart in 1812; and this fort while abandoned some time after 1872, is still standing, and in good condition.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. II, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 411p., p. 371. 

© 2005 Claude Bélanger, Marianopolis College