Production has begun on the HBC Heritage Trail documentary. Big thanks to Kelly Pearce at Hope Mountain Centre and trail expert Kelley Cook for helping facilitate our visit to Jacobson Lake and Palmer’s Pond. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, HMC hosted a hike along the famous fur brigade trail. Thanks also to the Back Country Horsemen of BC, fur trade historians and costumed interpreters as well as camera assistant Brandyn Steele. We’ll be hiking the 74 km route from Hope to Tulameen near the end of August. Please visit our GoFundMe campaign for more information. Thank you to the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society for supporting this project.
We’re producing a short documentary about the Hudson’s Bay Heritage Trail. To fund this independent project, we’ve launched a GoFundMe Campaign. Check out the story in the Penticton Herald. By sharing this story, we hope to encourage others to help protect and preserve this historic trail. The film will be submitted to a number of film festivals and then shared via social media.
The HBC Trail was completed in 1849. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Since 2009, significant progress has been made in re-opening this historic fur trail over the Cascades. Hikers and horseback riders can now enjoy a continuous wilderness trail that spans 74-kms, between Hope and Tulameen.
Harley Hatfield and Victor Wilson travelled the HBC Heritage Trail in 1971. Both men were prominent Naramata residents and were well known throughout the Okanagan Valley. In the Okanagan Historical Society’s Report for 1972, Harley wrote about the trail, and Victor included his journal. Victor Wilson was filmmaker Sandy Wilson’s father. He owned Paradise Ranch at the end of Naramata Rd.