• A Vibrant Community
  • Formation of the Board
  • The MLS Service

Formation of the Board

Growing with the

The history of the local economy and community goes back to the 1800s and the fur trade in Canada. The area became a vital link in trade routes between eastern colonies and provinces, and fur trading regions of the country.

The provincial government passed legislation which created the Town of Port Arthur in 1884. With the growth of population and industry, an area was separated in order to incorporate the Town of Fort William in 1892. In addition to establishing public works, street railways, and maintaining order, a rivalry developed between the two communities. With the first turn of sod for the construction Canadian Pacific Railway in the town square of Fort William, 1875, the predictions were for a prosperous future. With the completion of the first rail line from the west in 1882, an increasing flow of grain also shaped the development of the local economy. By the 1920’s, the Lakehead ports had the greatest


grain handling capacity in North America.

The history of organized real estate in the region dates back to 1914, and the creation of the Association of Port Arthur Real Estate Agents. At the initial meeting it was “resolved unanimously by those present that a Real Estate Association would be of mutual advantage to real estate dealers and property owners.” G.H. Rapsey was elected the first president.