Academic journal article Manitoba History

Park Renamed at Original Site of Red River Settlement

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Park Renamed at Original Site of Red River Settlement

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A downtown Winnipeg park that was the founding site of Winnipeg has been renamed Fort Douglas Park in honour of the fort established there 200 years ago.

The parkland between Waterfront Drive and Red River, north of Alexander Dock was named Waterfront Drive Park just a few years ago. Last June, the Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba and its member organization, St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg, asked Winnipeg officials to rename the land Fort Douglas Park after Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk, who established the Red River colony there in 1813. Scottish and Irish settlers built the fort, which was the first one associated with the Hudson's Bay Company near the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

The city readily agreed to rename the park. On 8 November, Mayor Sam Katz unveiled and dedicated the new sign in a brief ceremony.

"We were absolutely thrilled," said John Perrin, president of the Scottish Heritage Council.

The park is the most important historic site in the Exchange District, as it marks the spot where the commercial district first began. …

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