Trappers Vignette


 This scene created in a book shell depicts a glimpse into the Spartan life of the early trappers who worked for the Hudson Bay Company founded in 1670.   At that time, Trade Posts were established from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and from the St. Lawrence to the Arctic.

Most trappers traveled and worked in companies. They were paid partly in goods and partly in tokens issued by HBC. These tokens were accepted as cash at any of the Company posts.  First Nations people gathered furs and brought them to posts to trade for textiles, tools, guns, and other goods.

Those who weren’t company men were free trappers.  A free trapper was a mountain man who, in today’s terms, would be called a free agent. He was independent and traded his pelts to whoever would pay him the best price.




Canada has the biggest concentration of greenhouses in North America.  Some of the greenhouses cover 50 acres; that’s an area bigger than 30 football fields.

Greenhouses are widely used to grow plants and flowers in Canada because of the cold weather.  They come in many shapes and sizes, with different functions. Some people have small greenhouses in their backyard, or a lean-to attached to their home, called mini greenhouses.  I guess you would call this a mini mini greenhouse.

This mini greenhouse belongs to a person who just likes gardening and finds it a way to relax as evidenced by the cup of tea on the bench along with a transistor radio.  Or perhaps it’s an excuse to escape work in the house.

And it’s appropriate that a hedgehog has found haven here for it’s believed that the hedgehog is to remind you to take time to enjoy life, no matter what is happening otherwise.  It’s also a symbol that planting and gardening are very beneficial to you.