Green Block Trading Post is more than just a gift shop, it is a Penetanguishene, Ontario landmark. The oldest town and trading post, west of Quebec—and a one-of-a-kind store you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It offers a unique selection of aboriginal arts and artifacts, and serves as a local teaching tool that preserves local custom and traditions. You will also find authentic dream catchers, leather, native regalia, urns, beadwork, drums, tobacco, e-cigarettes, cigars kept in an onsite humidor, global arts and artifacts—and much more!
Serving Penetanguishene Since 1940.
Current owners, Mike and Nancy Cadieux , have a great respect for Green Block founder W.M. Thompson, whose entrepreneurial aspirations, and mutual respect of pre-existing culture and traditions is what really put Penetanguishene on the map. The Thompson family opened the store in 1940. The trading post was known for its booming fur trade, and as one of the only independently owned fur trading posts who was not bought out by the then powerful Hudson Bay Company. Thompson was also the first mayor of Penetanguishene.
Thompson not only built strong relationships with the locals, he also encouraged overseas travelers to bring local arts and artifacts with them to trade—which is a tradition that Mike and Nancy continue today. While the fur trade is a far less essential business today, Green Block Trading Post still carries a large selection of traditional furs and hides.
Keeping Culture And Traditions Alive
Mike’s family originates from the Métis of the Drummond Island, and Nancy’s family comes from the Mohawk’s of Baie de Quinte. They are a shining example of the French-aboriginal fusion that makes Penetanguishene unique. A Local Favorite One of Green Block’s most celebrated items are their dream catchers—decoratively adorned with leather, fur, and beads. While purchased and enjoyed as home décor, dream catchers are more than just a work of art. They are woven from the inside out, and hung in a window to catch and filter out evil dreams from the dream cycle. In the morning, the sunlight burns out the evil.
The Best For Less Last, but certainly not least—Green Block Trading Post’s motto is “We won’t be undersold”. They sell their arts, artifacts, and unique gifts lower than anywhere else!
Owner, Mike Cadieux, shares the story of the Green Block Trading Post in a short interview: