One Hour in the Past E305 – The Fur Trade


Have you ever noticed that a simple information search can lead you in strange and wonderful directions? As in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, historical research can lead you down a winding rabbit hole that might take you off your original path and lead you to new and amazing historical places!

This podcast series starts with that premise!

Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator and Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator, both from the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, have challenged each other to explore the weird and wonderful places that one hour of research on a topic will take them. Join them as they share their findings!

Welcome to Season 3 of One Hour in the Past. In season one we explored a wide range of topics from the Arts and Crafts Movement to Thanksgiving. In season two we welcomed guests to join us for a trip down the rabbit hole as we researched topics like photography, sidewalks, and telephones. We’re taking this third season of the podcast down a bit of a different path. We’ll be diving a bit deeper into Canadian history by researching Prime Ministers, Maps and mapping, the Family Compact, the FLQ Crisis, and on today’s episode: the Fur Trade.

On this episode…

Kathleen and Adrian explore the expansive history of the Fur Trade.


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1 – District Map of Upper Canada, c. 1791 before reorganization by Lt. Gov. Simcoe in 1793.

2 – Fur Trade Canoe Routes Then and Now

3 – The Fur Trade in Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Economic History by Harold Innis with introduction by Arthur Ray.

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