Heart and Hub of the Canadian West

Kane_Fort_EdmontonEdmonton became the hub for all of western Canada.  It was the ending of the Carlton Trail (the overland route for Metis freighters between the Red River Colony (Winnipeg) and Edmonton.  It was also the western hub for York Factory Express (on Lake Superior) for the Hudson Bay Company and Fort Vancouver by the Pacific Ocean.

In 1795 Fort Edmonton was established by the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Company, as an alternative to Fort Augustus, The North West Fur Trading Company established there.

River lots were the first farming settlements established around Edmonton.  Edmonton, became a city in 1904 with a population of 5,000 people.


3 thoughts on “Heart and Hub of the Canadian West

  1. An interesting, as usual, snippet of history of a country which is home now for many of my compatriots. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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