Backpack the Hudson Bay Trail | 07/6-12/18
A 7-day backpacking trip on a 160-year-old fur brigade trail.
As BC historian Harley Hatfield once said, “History should be learned through the soles of our feet.” On this backpacking adventure, you’ll truly be walking in the footsteps of history, experiencing the Hudson’s Bay Company “Brigade” Trail just as the fur traders did.
Guides will share stories of people and events that reveal the vibrant life of this historic route.
Since 2009, the Hope Mountain Centre has worked with many people and groups to restore the trail. We’re excited to show you the improvements we’ve made to the trail and the new overnight camps we’ve constructed!
Overnight in subalpine meadows at Conglomerate Flats Camp.
See wildflower meadows in peak bloom.
Hike to the summit of Mount Davis.
See beautiful alpine lakes, including historic “Palmer’s Pond” and “Grant’s Pond.”
Cross over the “Cascade Divide” where the Fraser and Columbia watersheds meet.
Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important forts farther north to Stuart Lake. For more than a decade, the HBC’s fur empire in Western North America depended on this trail. Brigades of up to 400 horses and men annually pounded over the Cascades in summer and fall, bringing furs west to the coast and carrying food and equipment inland to re-supply the forts. The HBC Trail played a key role in the early history of British Columbia, and before that, was a hunting trail and east-west trade route for First Nations such as the Stó:lo, Nlaka’pamux and Upper Similkameen.
All participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness. Previous backpacking experience is recommended, but not mandatory.
More Info & Pricing To Come!
Backpack the Hudson Bay Trail | 07/6-12/18 Itinerary
Full Itinerary To Come!
Participants will need the following items and some gear is available for rent.
* Sturdy hiking boots. Should provide ankle support and be sealed against moisture. Must also be broken in so they don’t blister you.
Socks — A thin synthetic (not cotton) inner sock and a thick outer sock (preferably wool). Bring 1 extra pair of back-up socks
* Water crossing shoes/sandals (can also be used as camp shoes)
* Short pants
* Long pants
* Nylon rain pants
* 2 undershirts (cotton or polypropyl)
* 1 sweater
* Rain-proof jacket
* 1 pair gloves
* 1 toque
* Sleeping bag — rated to -5 celsius
* Foamy — Thermarest or any closed-cell foamy
* 3-season tent or bivvy sac
* Stove, fuel, pots
* Cup, plate, cutlery
* Sun glasses
* Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
* Head lamp
* Utility knife
* Basic first aid and moleskin for blisters
* 10 ft. of light cord or rope
* Hiking poles.
* 2 litres of water
* Hi-energy snack food (gorp or Power Bars)
* 8 lunches on the trail
* 7 dinners in camp
* 7 breakfasts in camp