HBC Trail Documentary

Trekking Through History | HBC Heritage Trail

Post-production editing is underway on this independent short documentary. It will be submitted to film festivals later this year and made available online as a free educational resource.

The Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society (OSPS) has provided seed funding for the documentary. We’d like to thank Hope Mountain Centre, Kelly Pearce, Kelley Cook and Randy Manuel for providing valuable input and encouragement.

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 South Okanagan 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 it in his journal. Victor Wilson was filmmaker Sandy Wilson’s father. He owned Paradise Ranch at the end of Naramata Rd.

Click here to learn more about the HBC Heritage Trail and Hope Mountain Centre.

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