The beaver became Canada’s national symbol of sovereignty in 1975, but was a much longer part of Canadian history as the pelts were sold during the fur trade, mostly for “fashionable” hats. A business that almost led to the extinction of the beaver in the mid 19th century.
Since fashion is always changing, the main reason beavers were saved from a certain demise, is that the main fashion shifted from beaver pelt hats to silk.
As we celebrate Canada and look forward, we owe a great deal of gratitude to the beaver. So today, also celebrate one of the most industrious and hardest working critters on the land – the beaver.