Provincial Plaque – Fur Trading

Fur Trading at Saugeen – August 21, 2004 unveiled by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
Location: In Pioneer Park, Southampton, Ontario

Plaque Text:

The Anishnabe lived by the mouth of the Saugeen River for centuries before Pierre Piché arrived in 1818 to begin fur trading in the region. By 1826, the Hudson’s Bay Company established an outpost at Saguingue to compete with independent fur traders like Piché. From La Cloche, its main post on Lake Huron, the Hudson’s Bay Company employed First Nations, French, Métis, and British fur traders who largely depended on Anishnabe hunters to supply deer, bear and marten skins. By 1832, the supply of premium furs was exhausted and the company closed its post. Although many Anishnabe gave up hunting and settled in an agricultural village, fur trading continued here until the mid-19th century when Southampton was founded.


Today is the day - the 10th Annual HSM Rendezvous starts at 11am in Pioneer Park, Southampton and runs until 3pm. Join us for an afternoon of demonstrations, vendors, children's crafts and deep-fried whitefish on a bun. Enjoy the music of award winning fiddler Shane Cook & the Woodchippers. Tours of Aunt Annie's historic Métis home will run at 1pm & 2pm - please meet at the east entrance of Pioneer Park (Front Street entrance).
Admission is free.
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