Canada & Alaska

Michele & Stephen's trip in 2013

Fort Livingstone National Historic Site

Important historical sites in Canada are either Regional, Provincial or National. Generally National Historic Sites are more impressive, and as we have an annual pass, they are also "free".

So as we were driving slowly up to Thompson (in Northern Manitoba) to take the train to Churchill, with time to spare, we were glad to see Fort Livingstone National Historic Site only 30km off our route.

Our guide book said:

The first post and headquarters of the North West Mounted Police was built here in 1874. The designation also commemorates the first capital of the Northwest Territories from 1876 to 1877.

Well worth a look and well signed off the main road.

However when we got within 4km of the site the access road turned to gravel. Still no problem.

However the signs from the public road into the National Historic Site did seem a bit er.. basic?

And the road was perhaps narrower than we were expecting...

...but luckily there was not a lot of traffic coming the other way!

After a couple of kilometers we arrived at the "site" and this is it. No remains, no buildings, no interpretive signs, nothing but a cairn, and even that we could not approach because... was being sand blasted by a man in protective clothing!

Luckily a few kilometers away was the Fort Pelly Local Museum and that did have a model of what the Livingston Fort had looked like before it was totally destroyed in a fire in 1884.