Wolseley Expedition 1870, The

In August 1870, a force of British regulars and Canadian militia comprising some 1,200 men commanded by Colonel Garnet Wolseley arrived in this area en route to the Red River to establish Canadian authority within the present province of Manitoba. The previous year the Hudson's Bay Company had agreed to transfer control of its western territories to Canada, and some local inhabitants, fearing loss of their lands and interference with their mode of existence, had set up a provisional government under Louis Riel to press their claims on the Dominion. The expedition disembarked at Prince Arthur's Landing on Lake Superior and, travelling by land and water, reached Fort Garry on August 24.


On Highway 17, in a pull-off east of the bridge to Keewatin, overlooking Lake-of-the-Woods, Kenora

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Kenora

Municipality: City of Kenora