The Travels, Explorations and Surveys of David Thompson

David Thompson

David Thompson taking an Observation

The story of David Thompson’s has been a fascination since childhood and he seemed to come in and out of focus throughout my youth. He became a permanent fixture in my early twenties and has been ever since. The fascination with his exploration and travels has led to an interest in others who accomplished similar feats.

In 2002, as part of the David Thompson Bicentennial Partnership, a request was made to recalculate and verify the distances that Thompson traveled between the years 1785 and 1812; the time spent while engaged in the fur trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company.



Distances Traveled by David Thompson 1786-1812

YearCompany Employed WithWatersheds TraveledDistance Traveled (km)
1786-1796HBCo.20944 Km
1797-1812NWCo.82724 Km