History: West to the Setting Sun – Part 1

Reprinted from the January 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The dynamic Nor’ Westers organized a transcontinental canoe transport from Montreal to the Pacific. Here, paddlers negotiate a rapid with a large birch bark canoe.

West to the Setting Sun
By Philip H. Godsell, F.R.G.S., Lethbridge, Alta.

‘In the halcyon days of fur trade enterprise and exploration Fort St. James was wont to ring the the boisterous mirth of roistering traders when the vigorous, hard-drinking Nor’ Westers gathered within wooden walls and stockades hewn from the forest, alternately holding high carnival and laying plans for the mastery of the Northwest and the Pacific slope in advance of John Jacob Astor and the Americans.’

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