Did You Know? Fort St. James

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Address: PO Box 1148, Fort St. James, British Columbia
Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1948-05-17

Fort St. James is the longest established non-First Nation community in BC. Simon Fraser and his Métis voyagers established the fort in 1806.

In 1888, A.C Murray rebuilt the HBC facilities at Fort St. James. Murray was a Métis who achieved a high status in the Hudson Bay Company. The "Murray" configuration of the fort is the same as the restored fort in what is now the Fort St. James Parks Canada National Historic Site. Parks Canada describes the main warehouse building as "a fabulous example of piece on piece or "Red River" (we say Métis) log house construction, it carries Parks Canada's highest designation for a historic building - equal to that of Canada's Parliament Buildings in Ottawa".