Riding Mountain House

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Riding Mountain House
Riding Mountain House is located in Manitoba
Riding Mountain House
Riding Mountain House
Location of Riding Mountain House in Manitoba
Coordinates: 50°34′55″N 100°17′10″W / 50.58191°N 100.28600°W / 50.58191; -100.28600Coordinates: 50°34′55″N 100°17′10″W / 50.58191°N 100.28600°W / 50.58191; -100.28600
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Westman
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (CDT) (UTC-5)

Riding Mountain House was a Hudson's Bay Company trading post set up to the south of what is now the Riding Mountain National Park, on the Little Saskatchewan River. It was built in 1860 and maintained until 1895, by which time there was little remaining trade in furs.[1][2] It was near modern-day Elphinstone, Manitoba.

The Hudson's Bay Company established the post for the purpose of trading with the Ojibwe people led by Chief Okanase and then by Chief Keeseekoowenin.[3] The Keeseekooweenin First Nation owns the reserve where Riding Mountain House once stood.[4] In 1875 the band was offered the choice of staying at Riding Mountain House or moving to Dauphin Lake, with fourteen heads of families voting to stay and nine to move to Dauphin Lake. The advantage of Dauphin Lake was that it had better hunting and fishing, and was more isolated from European settlement. However, those who wanted to stay had built houses, cleared and fenced land and were raising good crops of potatoes, wheat, barley and garden vegetables. A Presbyterian Mission under the Rev. George Flett was set up nearby.[5]


  1. ^ "Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve Periodic Review Report". 2000. pp. 18–19. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  2. ^ Trevor E. Lockhart (2000). "Water Management Issues in the Turtle River Watershed Conservation District". National Library of Canada. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage". Parliament of Canada. April 22, 1998. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ Glen Campbell (27 Mar 2004). "Our People of Riding Mountain House". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Report of the Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs". Library and Archives Canada. 1875. p. 44. Retrieved 2011-10-24.