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Importance of Prairie Grain Industry Recognized

Port of Thunder Bay once linked Canada's east and west economies

The contribution of Prairie grain transshipment facilities to Canada’s economic development was officially recognized with the unveiling of a plaque by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada reports the Manitoba Cooperator. The plaque commemorates the development of grain handling and shipping facilities at the Port of Thunder Bay.

The event was the result of work by Friends of Grain Elevators (FOGE), a group of area residents dedicated to preserving history of what was for many years the world’s largest grain-handling port at the towns of Fort William and Port Arthur, which merged to become Thunder Bay in 1970.

While most Canadian grain exports have shifted to the West Coast, Thunder Bay still has an important role for moving grain. The seven terminal elevators still in operation shipped 7.9 million tonnes in the last crop year.

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