Beginnings

The beginnings of this area of the province are lost in the mists of time. However we can find find out quite a bit about the changes that occurred over the last few million years by studying the geology of the area. Many of the landforms and water features of the area were formed after the last ice age that ended about 10,000 years ago.

The history of the native peoples in this area before the fur trade are difficult to determine. The early fur traders kept some records, (especially the Hudson Bay Company) when they arrived to build Fort George and Buckingham House in 1792, the first settlements in Alberta.

Although there was some activity in our area from 1808  to 1905 it was mostly the inhabitants following the Carlton Trail from Edmonton to Winnipeg. After 1905 when the province of Alberta was born much more history was written down by the pioneering families and some of the businesses that flourished as settlement began.