Edgar Dewdney and Walter Moberly open Dewdney trail between Hope & Similkameen

Edgar Dewdney (1835-1916), a trained engineer, and Walter Moberly (1832-1915), a land surveyor, work under Moody’s Land & Works Department to build a four-foot-wide trail that connects Hope to the gold mines of the Similkameen valley. The Dewdney Trail facilitates the transportation of settlers and their cattle to the interior for years. Edgar Dewdney later continues to build trails to mines throughout the colony under Governor Seymour’s policy of “blazing trails,” while Indigenous nations continue to be assigned reserves to make way for settler land and resource interests.   

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