Mountain Tekarra


Imagine making your way through these mountains before there were trails, rails or roads.

That is just what geologist Dr. James Hector of the Palliser Expedition did in 1859. He and three colleagues were on a mission to study and map the ‘unknown’ lands of the Canadian west.

Tekarra or Dekara, was an Iroquois guide who accompanied Hector on a trip up the Athabasca River and out to Fort Edmonton.

This mountain reminds us of the important role native guides like Tekarra played in the fur trade and the exploration of this area.

By 1860’s a mixed group of Shuswap, Iroquois, Cree and Europeans had settled in the valley.

"Ok, I am not sure if I photographed the correct mountain peak ...  Just so you know!!"