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Thunder Bay History, Ontario

 Historical Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay is a heaven for all the vacationers as it is full of scenic natural attractions that draw innumerable visitors to this city. This city is situated in Ontario and has a bounty of attractions such as Kakabeka Falls and sleeping giant formations of rocks.

This city is also a treat for all the adventure lovers as they can enjoy different adventurous activities such as alpine skiing and snowmobiling in order to have remarkable outdoor pastimes.  

Early inhabitants

According to the anthropological evidence, Paleo inhabitants of Indiana had mined copper in this area during 5000 BC. There trade relations extended from Lake Superior to the Atlantic coast and North Dakota as well.

Notwithstanding the fact, it is not yet known if Ojibway were descendants of manufacturers of copper implements, but Ojibway tribes settled in the north shore of Huron and Lake Superior. Their reach had extended from the Georgian Bay to prairies.   

The Fur Trade and Fort William - Northwest Company

The Ojibway canoe was used as the way of transportation between the natural junction of Lake Superior and all of its tributaries such as kaministiquia stream. Around 1678, Fort Caministogoyan French outpost was established. This fort was located in the east end of the current city of Thunder Bay and used to serve as the hub of Canadian trade of fur. The French courier des bois traveled this terrain for transporting goods along with fur and this terrain is connoted with Thunder Bay.   

In the year of 1867, the recently formed nation of Canada was extensively interested in expansion of this region. As Canadians negotiated with the company of Hudson Bay in order to attain Rupert’s land, on the other side Simon Dawson was sent to Thunder Bay in order to select the starting point for the road going towards fort Garry. Among the options available to Dawson were Fort William situated at the point of Kaministisquia as well as the depot, situated nearby Thunder Bay.   

Dawson also selected “The Depot” for the purpose of landing and therefore a contention was born. Although an established community survived at Fort William, river Kaministiquia also required dredging so that ships could be accommodated as well as the early formation of ice would considerably diminish the season for shipping.   

Painting of steam boat done on the road of Dawson through the terrain of northern Ontario began in the year 1869. When Colonel Wolseley arrived in 1870, the route to Riel rebellion was renamed Prince Arthur.   

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