A 250th Birthday Party for Mapmaker Peter Fidler
Have you ever used a map? Have you ever tried to draw a map? Could you make an accurate map without using modern technology? On August 17th, come to Fort George and Buckingham House to celebrate the birthday of a 250 year old mapmaker: Peter Fidler.
Born on August 16, 1769, Peter Fidler gained fame as a surveyor and mapmaker. Although he was initially asked to come along on a trip of exploration only because the more famous surveyor who was supposed to go got injured, Peter Fidler soon gained a reputation as an excellent mapmaker in his own right. He was a father of many children, and is said to have travelled alongside his wife Mary, a skilled Cree woman.
Residents of Elk Point will be familiar with the 32 foot statue of Fidler at the edge of town, but did you know that he also worked at Buckingham House, the Hudson Bay Company’s Fort?
Enjoy Saskatoon pies, discover how to make maps Peter Fidler’s way, and try activities for the whole family at the historic site of the Fort where Peter Fidler lived and worked.
Lunch provided at no charge from noon to 1:30 p.m., and Saskatoon pie while supplies last.
Regular admission rates apply.