Norway in America - Manitoba

Post office names in USA and Canada with Norwegian origin.
Research by Hallvard Slettebø and Dag Henriksbø.

This page was updated 11 May 2021

Norway House, MB
Norway House, a community north of Lake Winnipeg in Selkirk, MA. In 1816, Lord Selkirk sent out a band of Norwegians who had been hired to build a road from York Factory to Lake Winnipeg and a series of supply posts. They were ex-prisoners-of-war from the Napoleonic wars, probably sailors who had been captured during the British blockade on supply lines between Norway and Denmark. They built Norway House at Mossy Point on the west side of the Nelson's outflow from Lake Winnipeg in 1817. Norway House was an important establishment of the Hudson's Bay Company for most of the 19th century, serving as a major depot. The post office was established 1904. It is still in operation. The population is around 5,000.

Scandinavia, MB
Scandinavia, community in Marquette, MB. The post office was established 1886 with Jens Hemmingsen as postmaster. The locality's name likely came from the early settlers or the postmaster and referred to the Scandinavian settlers who were the first European people to inhabit the area. The post office closed 1968.

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