Prince of Wales Fort, Churchill

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The Prince of Wales Fort is a historic Bastion fort on Hudson Bay across the Churchill River from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.HistoryThe European history of this area starts with the discovery of Hudson Bay in 1610. The area was recognized as important in the fur trade and of potential importance for other discoveries. The fort is built in a European "star" shape.Original (wood) fortThis fort began as a log fort built in 1717 by James Knight of the Hudson's Bay Company and was originally called the "Churchill River Post". In 1719, the post was renamed Prince of Wales Fort, but is more commonly known today as Fort Prince of Wales. It was located on the west bank of the Churchill river to protect and control the Hudson's Bay Company's interests in the fur trade.Construction of the present stone fortThe original wooden fort was replaced by a massive stone fort, perhaps to abide by the Royal Charter which required that Rupert's Land should be fortified.Construction of this fort, a structure still standing today, was started in 1731 near what was then called Eskimo Point. It was in the form of a square, with sides 100 metres long and walls six metres tall and 10 metres thick at the base.It had forty-two cannons mounted on the walls. There was also a battery across the river on Cape Merry meant to hold six more cannons.
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  • We were on a boat ride to see some whales and much to our surprise this was an included bonus. It is a good story and the fort is ok, but we were there over an hour and people were getting mad and wan...  more »
  • This was one of our first stops on our town tour of Churchill, on one of the extremely rare full sun and no wind days in town! No costumed guides at this time of year but we still learned quite a lot ...  more »
  • A walk to the fort is a must, there are people in historical outfits who take you round the fort explaining the history of it.  more »
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  • Amazing fort with an amazing view. Our group also had the immense of staying in the Fort overnight. Sunset, polar bears, and Northern Lights stretching across the sky. Would come back in a heartbeat!
  • Fantastic spot, totally went there
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  • Born and raised in the Churchill, Fort Churchill area from 1965 and made a few trips to the fort usually with school groups. It was pretty cool for a little kid back in the 70's, so as long as Hortons hasn't moved in, anybody who appreciates history will like a visit to Fort Prince of Wales (as we knew it was called for ever)
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