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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  • August 10, 2017
    You stand at the fort and think about the harsh conditions people endured when this fort was built over many years. There names are etched on a nearby rock. The fort is worth a visit. You also may see...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This was very interesting and a great way to learn about Canadian history. Interpretive guide was very interesting and the fact that the facility had been so well maintained was outstanding.  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    July 2017 - As part of a 3 hour zodiac boat Beluga whale adventure, our group stopped at the Prince of Wales Fort to hear about the history associated with the Fort. We parked our zodiac boat and foll...  more »
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  • August 15, 2016
    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!
  • January 26, 2017
    Fantastic spot, totally went there
  • July 5, 2016
    Awesome place...
  • October 25, 2013
    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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