A Short History of a Canadian Icon: The Hudson’s Bay Company

An influential part of Canada’s past and the oldest incorporated joint-stock merchandising company in the world, Hudson’s Bay continues to play a dominant role in Canada and its retail sector.

Two Frenchmen, Médard Chouart des Groseilliers and Pierre-Esprit Radisson reached out to an interested English Prince Rupert after failing to garner the necessary support from France. They proposed a trading company in Canada to benefit from the rich fur resources found in the interior Hudson Bay basin.

Prince Rupert was granted ownership of a million and a half square miles (over 40% of modern day Canada) surrounding Hudson Bay by his cousin King Charles. It was aptly named Rupert’s Land.

The Hudson’s Bay Company was founded in 1670, with exclusive trading rights. Beaver fur was largely in demand due to the exceeding popularity of fur hats in Europe. As such, the chief focus of HBC between 1670 and 1870 was fur trade.

Local aboriginals participated in fur hunting, trading in their spoils for European goods and tools. One popularly traded commodity was the now iconic point blanket.

In 1869 HBC traded Rupert’s Land back to the English crown, in return for large sums of money and significant land holdings. By 1870 Rupert’s Land was incorporated into the newly independent Canada.

By 1913 the company’s focus had moved towards retail and they opened the first of the original six department stores, in Calgary. To this day, the Hudson’s Bay Company remains an iconic driving force in Canada’s retail sector, with over 90 department stores across the country.

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Sweater: Hudson’s Bay Company (sold out) Chinos: J.Crew
Shirt: Hugo Boss Hat: Goorin Bros (similar)

Roll Up the Rim to Win

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Roll Up the Rim is back and Tim Hortons is prepared to give away 40 Honda Civics, 100 $5,000 CIBC prepaid cards and 150 televisions among millions of coffee and food prizes. On until April 14th, run into your local Timmie’s to grab the best (we may be biased) morning brew and take a chance on Canada’s favourite gamble.

To help entice you to grab your toque and brave the winter storm, we have a list of our top 5 secret Tim Hortons menu items that only a true Canadian knows to order.

  1. Dirty Ice Cappuccino: Order your ice cap with chocolate milk, instead of cream.
  2. Iced French Vanilla: Substitute your iced coffee, for an iced French vanilla.
  3. Cheap Mocha: Order ½ coffee, ½ hot chocolate.
  4. French Vanilla Light: Order ½ coffee, ½ French vanilla.
  5. Finally, to accompany your delicious drink ask your server to heat up your doughnut, cookie or muffin. It is life changing!

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Jacket: Pajar Toque: J.Crew (similar) Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Coffee: Tim Hortons