This fine exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization just came to my attention. Profit & Ambition draws visitors into the world of the Montreal-based Northwest Company. In their quest to rule the fur trade, the company pushed towards the Pacific laying the foundation for the Canada we know today. The exhibition draws from a wonderful range of objects, including paintings and native Canadian craft. It is a story of adventure, exploration, and fierce rivalry. In short, all the things that make history exciting.

For those unable to make it to Gatineau, the Profit & Ambition website covers quite a bit of ground. There is also a fully illustrated companion catalog available.

On view through September 12, 2010.

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