York Boats Launched at Lower Fort Garry Historic Site

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, poses with guests and costumed interpreters in a York boat at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The three York boats were built as one of a series of projects aimed at celebrating Métis history and culture. Left to right: Historical interpreter, Lawrie Barkwell (Louis Riel Institute), Sharon Conway (Louis Riel Institute), James Bezan, Marilyn Peckett (Parks Canada), Tom Kynman (Parks Canada) and a historical interpreter. (Government of Canada/Handout)
James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, poses with guests and costumed interpreters in a York boat at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The three York boats were built as one of a series of projects aimed at celebrating Métis history and culture. Left to right: Historical interpreter, Lawrie Barkwell (Louis Riel Institute), Sharon Conway (Louis Riel Institute), James Bezan, Marilyn Peckett (Parks Canada), Tom Kynman (Parks Canada) and a historical interpreter. (Government of Canada/Handout)

The Government of Canada has launched three boats at a Manitoba historical site.

MPs James Bezan and Leona Aglukkaq launched three York boats at the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, including two which are certified for carrying passengers.

York boats were used by the Hudson’s Bay Company to transport and trade goods, most notably furs. They were unique in that they were able to withstand rough waterways while being nimble enough to portage over dry land.

“Our Government is pleased to officially launch these beautiful York boats here at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site,” said Bezan. “York boats were crucial to the fur trade, and these modern examples represent our Government’s investment in Métis culture and history in Manitoba.”


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