Fur Trade Nation
The fur trade is woven into the fabric of Canadian history. It was the country’s second major industry, after fishing. The great explorers Radisson and des Groseilliers set out from New France to discover new sources of fur north and west of the Great Lakes and charted a northern trade route through Hudson Bay. Their travels led to the founding of Hudson’s Bay Company, and through it, to the development of the Canada we know today.