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Hudson's Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail

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The HBC (1849) Heritage Trail is a 74 km long trail that traverses the Cascade Mountains between Hope and Tulameen in beautiful British Columbia. Gaining a cumulative 3,922 metres of elevation over rough and rugged terrain, this challenging trail is often completed in smaller sections as day hikes or overnights, with some others taking it on as a 5-8 day backpacking trip.

 

Make sure to join the HBC Heritage Trail Facebook Group for updates on this trail from Hope Mountain Centre and other trail users. 

HBC Map & Guide Book

Plan your trip and navigate this trail by purchasing a waterproof, topographic map, and/or a guidebook that we published about the HBC Trail. You can click below to purchase from our online store. All proceeds support our annual maintenance of this trail. 

NAVIGATION APPS

Prefer using digital maps and navigation on your phone? Download the HBC trail map for offline access on the Avenza app

Trail Stats

Trailhead Locations:

Peers Creek: https://maps.app.goo.gl/p9QcJiVg6QCcGPiQ7

Sowaqua: https://maps.app.goo.gl/kiBqUwddp6gP7PJB7

Jacobsen Lake: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6aYGUtwqYW3T58V47

Tulameen: https://maps.app.goo.gl/CeanmtsA5kSnL6Pa7

One-Way Trip Trail Distance in KM: 74

Elevation Gain in M: 3,922

Highest Point in M: 1,860

Dogs Allowed: Yes (on leash)

4 X 4 Needed: No

Historic Snapshot

The trail served as the HBC’s critical fur trade route between BC’s Coast and Interior for
more than a decade. From 1849 to 1860, “brigades” comprised of hundreds of men and
pack animals carried many tons of cargo over this rugged mountain trail. Valuable furs
from the BC Interior traveled west on the trail, were loaded onto boats at Fort Hope, then
shipped downriver to Fort Langley and world markets beyond. On the return trip, food
and supplies were carried east over the Cascades to Interior forts. The trail played an
important role in the early development of British Columbia and Canada.

The HBC Trail is the route that created Fort Hope in 1848 and made those famous fur brigades possible. Completed in 1849, the HBC Trail was built to link the Fraser River at Fort Hope with Fort Kamloops and other important forts farther north to Stuart Lake. For more than a decade, the HBC’s fur empire in Western North America depended on this trail. Before that, it was a hunting trail and east-west trade route for First Nations such as the Stó:lo and Upper Similkameen. 

HBC Merch

Love this trail? Purchase an HBC Trail activewear t-shirt or tank top! You can click below to purchase from our online store. All proceeds support our annual maintenance of this trail. 

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Trail Reports

Feel free to leave a comment below with trail reports so other users can learn about current conditions. ​To report an issue with the trail, please email our trails team kpearce@hopemountain.org

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Feb 17

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