Our Hudson's Hope Cowboys: Packers on the trail with Charles Bedaux

Creator(s): Hudson's Hope Museum & Historical Society

More than 75 years have passed since in the midst of the Depression, flamboyant French- born American millionaire Charles Bedaux launched an attempt to cross the wilds of northern British Columbia with Citroën halftrack vehicles. Also dubbed the "Champagne Safari", Bedaux and his entourage were supported by over 100 pack and saddle horses, as well as a crew that included cowboys, packers, trail cutters, surveyors, cooks, and even a valet and personal maid. Over the years, many articles have been written about Bedaux, his motives and the successes and failures of the expedition, but to date there is little on record about the role and contribution of the expedition's cowboys and crew. Close to 50 men assisted and accompanied the expedition and many of these called Northern BC home and their experience gained packing, trapping, and guiding was invaluable. Some 20 Peace River cowboys felt fortunate to be hired on at $4.00/day, double the going rate.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of this journey, the Hudson's Hope Museum is pleased to profile the role of the local cowboys through this Community Stories virtual exhibit.

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