Vintage photo of a pair of beavers, in the Adirondacks.beaver fur was the most prized of the fur trade because of its water repellant qualities. Encouraged by European trade goods, natives hunted beaver to extinction in some areas.
FORT VICTORIA (Alberta) east of Edmonton AB on the North Saskatchewan River. It was established by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1864 as a trading post with the local Cree First Nations. Today, it is a historical museum known as Victoria Settlement. Here is a quote from Sam Steele NWMP in 1874 on their trek west "At last, however, we reached Victoria, a H B Co post with a palisaded enclosure, situated on a narrow ridge along the Saskatchewan. "