River cross­ing

Canada's History - - ALBUM - Sub­mit­ted by Bill We­ber of Sher­wood Park, Al­berta.

This photo shows oil drilling equip­ment be­ing fer­ried across the Peace River in north­west Al­berta in 1955, when oil ex­plo­ration was a ma­jor ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion.

I was trans­ferred that year from the Al­berta For­est Ser­vice in Cole­man to Grande Prairie to work as a game of­fi­cer with the game branch of the Al­berta Depart­ment of Lands and Forests. I was the first game of­fi­cer sta­tioned in the south Peace coun­try. Un­til then, wildlife en­force­ment had been left to for­est of­fi­cers and the RCMP.

The ferry at Dun­ve­gan, ninety kilo­me­tres north of Grande Prairie, was at the time the only river cross­ing be­tween the Bri­tish Columbia bor­der and the town of Peace River, Al­berta. In 1960, when Al­berta’s long­est ve­hi­cle sus­pen­sion bridge was com­pleted, ferry ser­vice at Dun­ve­gan was dis­con­tin­ued, and this ferry was re­lo­cated fur­ther down­stream to La Crête, Al­berta.

Fort Dun­ve­gan was es­tab­lished as a North West Com­pany trad­ing post in 1805 and later be­came a Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany trad­ing post. It was also a ma­jor Ro­man Catholic and Angli­can mis­sion site.

The present Dun­ve­gan Provin­cial Park is home to the re­stored Hud­son’s Bay Com­pany Fac­tor’s House, the St. Charles Church and Rec­tory, and the Revil­lon Fr­eres trad­ing post. It’s also a favourite lo­cal camp­ing lo­ca­tion.

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