Industry Business

The Hudson’s Bay Company in Rat Portage

The Hudson's Bay Company in Rat Portage  Vol. 14 No. 2by the Hudson's Bay Company Archives 1836. That is the earliest reference to a trading post near the site known as Portage du Rat or the rat carrying place. It seems likely that the post was built to replace the...

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McLeod Park

McLeod ParkVol. 13 No. 3by Lori Nelson There’s a small parcel of land situated between downtown Kenora and Tunnel Island that, in its history, mirrors a substantial part of the development of the entire area. McLeod Park wasn’t always the gem of a park that it is...

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Farming on the Canadian Shield

Farming on the Canadian ShieldVol. 16 No. 2 LOUIS HILLARD’S FINE FARM Rat Portage Miner and News – September 6, 1904 Excerpted from a letter written to the editor by a visitor to Mr. Hillard’s farm which was located in Jaffray, about 2 miles from downtown Rat Portage...

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Western Algoma Brick Co.

Western Algoma Brick Co.  Vol. 17 No. 2 On July 31, 1894, the local newspaper, The Semi-Weekly Record, made this pronouncement… “The wooden era of our town is at an end and we have entered upon the brick and stone era.” For the community of Rat Portage, whose...

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The Prominent Business Houses of Rat Portage

The Prominent Business Houses of Rat Portage  Vol. 18 No. 4 In 1888, “The New West”, a publication from Winnipeg, Manitoba, published the following account entitled Prominent Business Houses of Rat Portage. QUEEN’S HOTELRigney Bros., Proprietors, Rat Portage–One of...

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Did you know?

The name “Kenora” is a portmanteau of the names of local towns Keewatin, Norman, and Rat Portage— KE from Keewatin,  NO from Norman, and RA from Rat Portage.

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