Minding the Fort Fur Trade Program

Experience Fort St. John’s rich fur trade history from 1794 to 1938 through the artefacts at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum! Aimed at grade four,* this curriculum-based program examines the economic and technological exchanges between fur traders and Aboriginal people in the Peace Region.

Students will learn about the introduction of new materials and technologies to First Nations in this area. They will be able to see and pass around archaeological artefacts found at forts in this area. They will understand the technologies used in bringing trade items from Europe to the Peace Region.

Students will learn about bartering through a fur trade exchange activity and learn about the Made Beaver system of value.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: $95 plus GST per class (max. 30 students) (adults are free of charge)


An adult must accompany every ten students in an elementary school class. We recommended more accompanying adults for grade three and under. It is the responsibility of the teacher and accompanying adult volunteers to maintain discipline throughout the visit.

*This program has been adapted for middle school and high school history classes as well. It has also been done for grades 2-4 .

Please note: This program is also available to come to your classroom for an additional $15 as long as your school is within a 15 minute drive of the museum. We do the driving and save you the hassle of arranging a bus to the museum.

If you have any questions or would like to book a tour or program please contact us at fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com or 250-787-0430 or stop by the museum (9323 100 Street). Please book at least two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment. Any cancellations must be made by phone (250-787-0430) at least 48 hours in advance or a $20 cancellation fee will apply.