La Barrière Park
(Courtesy of the Archives of Manitoba)
St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park
Turnbull Drive and PTH 75
Near here on November 1, 1869, the Métis barred the road to representatives of the Hon. Wm. McDougall who were on their way to Fort Garry. As Lieutenant-Governor designate, McDougall's mission was to affect the mission to Canada of Rupertsland from the Hudson's Bay Company, and the North-Western territory from Britain. The intervention of the Métis forced the Canadian Government to undertake negotiations with them. As a result, plans to incorporate this area into the North-West Territories were abandoned and Manitoba was admitted to Confederation, July 15, 1870, as a province.