• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - present day

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

Is that a lady sitting in the middle of the canoe? What is she doing there? For a long time only men traveled inland for the fur trade.

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Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall (Ontario), 1869, by Frances Anne Hopkins

Courtesy vLibrary and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number C-002771 and under the MIKAN ID number 2894967

This lady's name is Frances Hopkins and she was the wife of

the fur trader sitting beside her. She is the one who made this painting and many others that show what the fur trade era

was like. Her husband, Edward Hopkins, was an official of the Hudson's Bay Company. (That is why they are not paddling.)


By the way, if you are wondering why the voyageur was

picking a lily flower, look closely at what Frances has in

front of her in the canoe.


Explore the gallery below to see more of Hopkins' beautiful paintings. What is the same and what is different in these paintings compared to the one we have been looking at?

Do you know what the Métis sash is? Can you see the Métis

sash in any of the paintings?