Simpson, Sir George National Historic Person

Kootenay National Park of Canada, British Columbia
An able administrator and indefatigable traveller, Simpson was imperious when it suited his purposes © Notman Photographic Archives/McCord Museum
Sir George Simpson
© Notman Photographic Archives/McCord Museum
An able administrator and indefatigable traveller, Simpson was imperious when it suited his purposes © Notman Photographic Archives/McCord MuseumView of location of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1008Simpson, Sir George © Parks Canada
Address : Highway 93 - east side, Kootenay National Park of Canada, British Columbia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1927-05-19
Life Date: 1787 to 1860

Other Name(s):
  • Simpson, Sir George  (Designation Name)

Importance: Governor-in-Chief of Rupert's Land, General Superintendent of the Hudson's Bay Company

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: on a large boulder Highway 93 - east side, Kootenay National Park of Canada, British Columbia

Born in the Scottish Highlands, Simpson joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1820. In 1821 he became governor of the Northern Department, and in 1826 governor-in-chief in Rupert's land. An energetic administrator with a passion for detail, Simpson dominated the North American fur trade for almost forty years. Under his direction the Company took a lead in exploration, and he personally travelled widely in the Company's territories. From 1833 till his death, he made his headquarters in Lachine and played a prominent role in the business life of Montreal.