The York boats were of a design that worked well on the Red River for transporting workers, goods and furs. What I didn't understand was that these Selkirk Settlers did not come down the St. Lawrence through Ontario and the Great Lakes as most of the immigrants did.
All the rivers here flow north which discombobulates my British Columbia (#10) brain. The British ships brought the indentured servants though Hudsons Bay above Ontario, to work here. They rowed UP the rivers from the north to the south to fur trading forts such as Lower Fort Garry. It was a lovely autumn day for touring on foot and doing self-guided tours. Some features had been closed for the winter, but they still had many actors wandering around in period dress who were very friendly and trained to share important information as if you had been transported back to those tough times. They talked like they were living there at that pioneering time. It is weird to try to talk to someone who is living in the past.
We are cheap folk so we had an inexpensive lunch prepared in our little galley in our RV. We then skirted around Winnipeg and took a highway north of the Trans-Canada #1 to the small town of Stonewall to camp for the night.
The camp was by an historic quarry that supplied the rock-works for many of the buildings and for the Selkirk Settlers for miles around. It was all fascinating to me. Old Man is not so impressed by history unless it is about cowboys and ranching. He is history himself now so I let it pass and just enjoy myself. He usually only sees half of what I want to see before he leaves to go have a nap in the RV. It is a great way to travel for older folk. I am skipping a lot of interesting places and people now, but just want to get caught up to our present days.
The next stop is at Moose Jaw in the province of Saskatchewan.