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Southern Alberta

Several Francophone communities were created in southern Alberta. Campaigns promoting settlement by French Canadians in Alberta were staged by the federal government.

As a settlement destination, the Palliser Triangle was normally very arid. For some years just prior to settlement, the pattern was broken with several years of higher precipitation. However, the dryer environment soon returned.

Many of these settlers left during the 1930s, when the provincial government offered to relocate them to other regions of the province where there was more rain.

Some Francophones did settle in Calgary.

Some came to work from the French communities in southern Saskatchewan.

At one time, about seven percent of the Crow's Nest Pass population was French-speaking.


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