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French Place Names in Alberta

Here are some more terms that show the presence of French language in Alberta. Of course, some of these are used in English around the world as well.

These terms are from voyageurs and fur trade days.

Prairie

Coulee

Portage

Chute

Regale

Rendezvous

carriole

 

 

 

Place Names in Alberta with French origins follow.

Fort-des-Prairies

Grande Prairie

Cache Lake

Maligne Lake

Lac du Pont

Rivière -qui-Barre

La Petite Rivière

Roche Miette

Lac la Biche

Vermilion

Grand Rapides

Castor

Jolie-Butte

Cascade River

Roche Miette

Brûle

Lac Clair

Grande Cache

Chenal des Quart Fourches

These names come from voyageurs and Métis.

Lac Janvier

Rapide du Joli

Lac Jacques

Vezeau Beach

Lac Poitras

Tête Jaune (Yellowhead)

Baptiste Lake

Cache

La Boucane Settlement (Duhamel)

Riel Drive

These place names come from missionaries, saints, and parishes named in the mission period of Francophone heritage.

Lac Ste-Anne

St-Joachim

Saint Albert

Saint Paul

Saint Vincent

Ste-Lina

St-Edouard

St-Isador

Marie-Reine

Grandin

Lacombe

Leduc

Morinville

Legal

Bonnyville

Therien

Breynat

Grouard

Joussard

Falher

Girouxville

Vegreville

 

 

 

These place names are from notable settlers or personalities.

Bordenave

Bleriot Ferry

Trochu

Miquelon Lake

 

Quesnell Bridge

Plamondon

Villeneuve

Mount Bourgeau

 


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