The Dewdney Trail

Creator(s): Nelson and District Museum, Archives, Art Gallery and Historical Society

In the 19th century, British Columbia or New Caledonia as it was known then, was aflood with gold fever as people rushed to take their stake of the unrivaled fortunes. One gold strike at the mouth of the Pend d'Oreille River happened to capture the attention of one too many American prospectors for the likes of the government. As a result, Edgar Dewdney, an ambitious and trained civil engineer, was commissioned to create a Coast to Kootenay Pack Trail Route to keep British Columbia's valuable resources entirely within British territory. The resulting Dewdney Trail would give rise to many settlements and vital infrastructures that remain to this day. Take a moment and wonder at the stories of adventure and hardship that resulted from Edgar Dewdney's exploration through British Columbia.

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