Simon Fraser character jug produced by Roy Asplin of Niagara, California, circa 1960. Simon Fraser (1776 - 1862) was a fur trader and explorer of Scottish ancestry who charted much of what is now the Canadian province of British Columbia. He also built the first European settlement in British Columbia. Employed by the Montreal-based North West Company, he had been by 1805 put in charge of all of the company's operations west of the Rocky Mountains. Fraser's exploratory efforts were partly responsible for Canada's boundary later being established at the 49th parallel. According to the historian Alexander Begg, Fraser "was offered a knighthood but declined the title due to his limited wealth."