With the arrival of the explorers came the trappers.
They used snares, and later, leg-hold traps to catch fur bearing animals.
This area has a variety of pelts such as beaver, wold, fox, bear and wild mink. Furs were easy to trade for goods needed to live in this area.
A trading post was erected in Mattawa in 1784 at the conjunction of the two rivers where the Mattawa Museum is located today.
Then a permanent trading post was built in 1830 by the Hudson Bay Company because of the increase in fur trade.
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives – HBC Fur Trade Post Map East Ontario