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Fur trade history highlighted

If you didn’t know about the role Westbank played in the fur trade by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early development of the country, the Historic Westbank Association wants you to learn all about it.

This is the bicentennial of the Okanagan Fur Brigade Trail and a special event is being planned for Sept. 23 and 24 at the Johnson-Bentley pool sportsfields.

Society president Gordon Ficke told District of West Kelowna councillors that events are still being planned but will include re-enactments, learning centers, cultural displays, arts and food.

The society also hopes to involve Westbank First Nation in a big way.

The area was one of the stops on the fur trail between Fort Vancouver and the Columbia River and was used to take supplies and goods from England to the fur trappers in the interior from 1810 to 1846.

 

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