Kane, Paul National Historic Person

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Portrait of Paul Kane © None; Source: University of British Columbia Press; Vancouver, 1995. ISBN 0-774-80538-2.
Self-Portrait
© None; Source: University of British Columbia Press; Vancouver, 1995. ISBN 0-774-80538-2.
Portrait of Paul Kane © None; Source: University of British Columbia Press; Vancouver, 1995. ISBN 0-774-80538-2.View in detail of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989View of the mounting and location of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989Kane, Paul © Expired / Art Gallery of Ontario
Address : Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1937-05-20
Life Date: 1810 to 1871

Other Name(s):
  • Kane, Paul  (Designation Name)

Importance: Painter, depicted people and landscapes of the Canadian West

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: Rocky Mountain House NHSC, on Chimney Trail near Visitor Centre. Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

In the summer of 1845 the Irish-born artist Paul Kane travelled west as far as Sault Ste. Marie, sketching Indians he encountered along the way. The following year he joined the westward bound brigade of the Hudson's Bay Company and accompanied various parties of voyageurs to the Pacific Ocean. When he returned to Toronto two and a half years later, he had amassed a large collection of sketches of Indian clothing, artifacts and customs. The record of the trip kept in his published journal gives a unique impression of the life of Indians and traders in what is now western Canada. He died at Toronto.