From 1989 to 1993, events were held across the country commemorating the bicentennial of the trans-continental crossing made by Alexander Mackenzie. He was the first European to cross North America north of Mexico. A group of Lakehead University Students retraced Mackenzie’s journey in 1989, 1992 and 1993. Their last stretch started at Peace River and the Fort Fork site downstream from the town in May 1993. The travellers stopped at communities along the way giving presentations and re-enactments. This was one of the canoes used on their journey and resembles the birch bark canoes used by early explorers.