"A Trip To Fort William" Top 5 Page for this destination Thunder Bay by yooperprof

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An Important Stop on My Lake Superior Circle Tour

The Largest Trading Post in the GreatNorthwest Frontier!

Re-Enacting the Fur Trade

"Welcome to the Year 1815"! The sign is intended to prepare visitors for what they experience while visiting Fr. William: a carefully re-constructed fur trading post from the early nineteenth century. And travellers will find not only structures, but also "role-playing interpreters" who have donned the garb of frontier traders, voyageurs, and natives - and who have also assumed their personalities!

Ft. William is a good example of what might be termed "immersion" role-playing, wherein the re-enactors are trained not to demonstrate any knowledge which would not have been present at the fort in 1815. The re-enactors are carefully trained: they have diligently studies not only the characters they are portraying, but also the entire time-period they are presenting. I like the way that places like Ft. William blend theater and history.

Meanwhile, in Thunder Bay. . .

Pretty boats at the Marina.

Thunder Bay is actually a hard-working and spartan city of about 100,000 people, an important port and trading center linking the prairie provinces with the Great Lakes. While shipping has declined, it's still an important presence here. And winters are fierce. Geography is still a major factor in the life and work of the community here.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Chet, that sounds like a great idea to have the re-enactors at Ft. William try not to demonstrate any knowledge which would not have been present at the fort in 1815. That must be tricky at first, not to let on that you know about such 'future' inventions as the bicycle and the electric light bulb.

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    Aug 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    The Terry Fox story was excellent! A wonderful tribute to the human spirit

  • Nov 1, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    A lot of the Seattle Coffeehouse locations have closed. The one on Arthur St is still open, featuring a fireplace and wireless internet.

  • Aug 27, 2007 at 1:01 PM

    Awesome food, atmosphere, and the service is the best. We drove up from Grand Marais/Nanaboujou Lodge just for dinner. Definitely worth the trip. Our server drives to Naniboujou for brunch - ironic! Wonderful pork. Thunder Bay is East Coast time!


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