Kane, Paul National Historic Person

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
View in detail of the HSMBC plaque © Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989
HSMBC plaque
© Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 1989
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, 1989Pipe Stems carried by Kee-akee-ka-saa-kawow, Cree Indian, Fort Pitt,. © Library and Archives Canada | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada , Acc. No. 1981-55-45Cree or Assiniboin Lodges in Front of Rocky Mountain Fort (Alta) © Library and Archives Canada | Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, no d'acc 1981-55-46
Address : Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, 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 National Historic Site, 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.