The Travels, Explorations and Surveys of Peter Fidler

Peter Fidler

Peter Fidler aiding Philip Turnor

Since an early introduction to David Thompson, the exploration of western Canada suddenly became of interest. The next surveyor of interest was Peter Fidler, an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and trained or, as some speculate, reintroduced into the craft of astronomical surveying by the Hudson Bay Company’s chief surveyor, Philip Turnor. Like Thompson, Fidler’s explorations, surveys and travels have been placed within a contemporary geographic information system and as a result, distance traveled by Fidler can be measured.

From the data captured thus far from Fidler’s movements between 1789 and 1822; the years spent while engaged in the fur trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company, the following distances have been determined . Only kilometers have been captured and listed are the watersheds that Fidler traveled through.

 

Distances Traveled by Peter Fidler 1789-1822

YearDistance
Traveled (km)
Watersheds Traveled
17892042Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg
17901090Saskatchewan and Churchill River
17913743Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17925197
Hayes, Nelson, Churchill, Saskatchewan River and Lake Athabasca, Great Slave Lake, Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17934501Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan,Churchill, Seal River and Hudson Bay, Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17951142Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan, Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17961326Saskatchewan, Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17973019Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
17991627Churchill, Nelson, Saskatchewan River and Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18002460Churchil, Saskatchewan River and Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18013835Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18024467Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan, Churchill River and Lake Winnipeg and Athabasca Watersheds
18032648Saskatchewan, Churchill River and Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18042648Saskatchewan, Churchill River and Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18052648Saskatchewan, Churchill River and Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18063516Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan,Churchill, Reindeer River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18074212Hayes, Nelson, Saskatchewan,Churchill, Reindeer River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca Watersheds
18084665Hayes, Nelson, Red, Churchill and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18092785Churchill and Reindeer River Watersheds
18103149Nelson, Churchill and Reindeer River Watersheds
18111766Churchill River Watersheds
18122025Hayes, Nelson Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18153305Hayes, Nelson Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18162818Hayes, Nelson Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18173194Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18182841Red, Winnipeg, Albany River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
1819653Red River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
18203069Hayes, Nelson River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
1821445Saskatchewan River and Lake Winnipeg Watersheds
Total Km traveled in the Fur Trade80,838