and name of Boat Encampment dates to David Thompson's exploration of
Pass route to the Columbia
River. During the winter of 1810-1811. Thompson and a small
party of voyageurs crossed the Continental Divide at Athabasca Pass in early January, 1811 and soon reached the
Columbia River.After a brief attempt to travel south to
House they returned to the mouth of the Canoe River to wait out the winter.
Unable to build a canoe out of birch bark
Thompson and his men spent five weeks constructing a wooden
clinker-built boat. This was
a task they were not skilled in and it took a great deal of
trial-and-error. Thompson named the site Boat Encampment after this
experience in boat-building.