Trapping is an industry that is firmly rooted in Alberta’s history. The Trapper’s Cabin gives an in-depth, hands-on look at the challenging life of a trapper in Alberta.
Our cabin is built to the actual dimensions of many trapper's cabins of the time.
Trappers had to spend long, cold winters alone in a cabin of this size – you can see where the term ‘cabin fever’ comes from!
On the outside of the cabin on the top hook is a trap called a foothold, which traps larger animals.
The bottom one is called a conibear and is an 'instant-kill' trap used on smaller animals, from coyote to beaver.
The wide variety of pelts on display gives you an idea of how many different types of animals were trapped during this time!