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History: New Road to an Old Fort

Reprinted from the December 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: New Road to an Old Fort

New Road to an Old Fort
By C.D. La Nauze, Calgary, Alta.

‘From the latter part of the seventeenth century the Peace River has been known as a wide and kind waterway. Alexander MacKenzie wintered just above the present town of Peace River and in the following May of 1793 pushed his birch bark canoes up the Peace and across the divide until he discovered Canada’s Pacific Coast. The river was well known to the early fur traders and has been used extensively in their changing routes. The Cariboo gold seekers of 1851 shook their gold pans along its headwaters and many an unknown miner’s bones lie on the banks of the Findlay, Parsnip, Pine, and Omineca Rivers.’

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