Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Methye Portage

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.


Culture Coordinator said...

hey, I am a weekly reader of your blog. I am glad to see that you wrote a piece on the Carrin that sits next to the Snye. This marker, the Treaty 8 marker at Mac Island and the Hudson Bay Company marker in Fort Chipewyan were installed by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board in the 1930's. Even though the plaques show wear and age, they reference significant historical information about our Region and its important to call attention to them.

Way Way Up said...

Thanks for following my blog. I am quite fascinated with local history here. I know the cairn at Mac Island well. I'll have to see if I have a photo of that one floating around as well.