Hannah M.

Peakes, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair

The Silver Fox Industry of PEI

My project is about the silver fox industry on PEI which was at its peak from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It was a big part of Island heritage and brought in a huge amount of money to our economy.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I have learned while doing this project is how popular fox fur used to be. People were known to pay very high prices just for single pelts. For a breeding pair someone once paid $25,000 which is extremely large amount back then! I find that so interesting because fox fur is something you don't see as often today but back then it was the most cherished item in a wardrobe.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

An important lesson I have learned while doing this project is that you don't need to be from a big place to do huge things. Even though the idustry just began as a small group of farmers it made big changes. The silver fox industry was a big part of Canadian heritage and it was all because of small Prince Edward Island.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life today is a lot different than those who I studied in my project. They lived over a hundred years ago and they were a part of an industry that was very new to everyone. They were in the midst of some pretty exciting and mysterious stuff because farmers were known to keep their farms very secret which is a lot different than today.