Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It all seems so simple and tucked out of the way, but this simple stone marker commemorates the discovery (at least by Europeans) of the Methye Portage. This portage, formed an important link in the overland route between the northwest and far-away Montreal. Beginning at the north end of Lac La Loche in northern Saskatchewan, the portage followed the Clearwater to its terminus with the Athabasca.
First seen by explorer Peter Pond, it was used by fellow explorer Alexander Mackenzie on his 1793 expedition to the Pacific. Its importance only declined with the rise in steamboat traffic on the Athabasca in the 1880's. A little piece of history, right here in our own backyard.