Sunday, October 2, 2016

David Thompson monument at Lac La Biche

Canadian broadcaster Stuart McLean has placed David Thompson among the world's greatest geographers. Educated in a London charity school, he left England aged fourteen in 1784 as an apprentice, never to return. During his long service with the Hudson's Bay and Northwest Companies, he mapped much of the territory that would be Canada.

This sculpture at Lac La Biche shows his lead canoe. On the far left horizon is Pelican Island, named for the migrating birds. It will soon be added to the lovely Sir Winston Churchill Park.

Though BC rivers, schools and more are named after him, Thompson died broke in Montreal and was buried an unmarked grave.

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