Boat Encampment

 View from Fred Laing Ridge of Boat Encampment at the confluence of the Canoe (from upper left), Wood (from upper right), and Columbia (centre right) rivers in 1947 (Rey Marr, 1947 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies) and in 2010 (CW-201007-11-042).

In January, 1811 David Thompson’s party bringing trade goods over the Rockies descended the Wood River watershed from Athabasca Pass to reach the Columbia River at what they called “Boat Encampment”. Caught by cold weather and deep snow, the fur traders spent the three months here. Their campsite is now submerged under the massive reservoir behind the Mica Dam.