Devil’s Island Post/Wanatawongaw research, Frederick House Lake: Early Fur Trade Post
In early 2016, research was carried out into the 18th and 19th century fur trade in the Timmins area. While one Hudson’s Bay Company post is known in the area (but never investigated archaeologically), the archival research suggested the presence of a second post operated by the North West Company. Additional archaeological work is required to confirm the site as the Devil’s Island Post, known to the North West Company as Wanatawongaw Post. OCARE’s work on Frederick House Lake hopes to identify some of the earliest traces of Euro-Canadian settlement in the Timmins area, dating to the late 1700s.