Beaver Club Medal

Tales and Treasures from the rich legacy of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Written by Canada’s History staff

Posted March 10, 2010

This medal belonged to Sir George Simpson, governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

It was given to members of the Beaver Club — fur traders who had spent at least one year on the frontier.

The Montreal-based club was founded in 1785 by the HBC’s rival, the North West Company. Simpson received his medal in 1820, one year before the merger of the two companies.

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This article originally appeared in the April-May 2010 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

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