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Discover the origins of the Fur Trade in Canada and how this commercial enterprise influenced the economic development of the Peace Region! Students will learn about the journeys of explorers, fur traders, and voyageurs through the prairies. Students will recognize the importance of First Nations’ and Métis Nations’ contribution to the fur trade and in shaping Alberta’s identity. Students will also learn about how the fur trade competition affected the environment and the lifestyle of the First Nations. 

Through the Fur Trade Shopping Game, students will assume the role of a hunter and fur trader to understand the factors that affected hunting success and how transactions between fur traders and hunters took place. Students can also write postcards “back home” and listen to trapping stories.


  • Listen to trapping stories.
  • Test your vocabulary and drawing skills with Fur Trade activity pages.
  • Play the Fur Trade Game to see if you can collect enough furs to trade in for supplies to survive the winter in the Fur Trade Shopping Game.
  • Build a Log Cabin.
Explore artifacts from the Fur Trade era that the students can touch and feel

Click here to download the Corresponding Alberta Educational Learning Outcomes for the Fur Trade (Social Studies) program

Last updated: 2/20/2018 2:16:09 PM