Mountain House today is a small rural town and service
centre for local agriculture, logging and oil and gas
In 1799, Rocky Mountain House was one of the westernmost
trading posts in the fur trade which preceded settlement
of the west by Europeans. From here, famous explorer and
mapmaker David Thompson repeatedly tried and eventually
succeeded to cross the Rocky Mountains and make his way
to the Pacific ocean.
much can be seen today of the original fort, which was
razed and rebuilt a number of times. However, the grounds
and museum are well worth a visit,
if you are in the area in summer.