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Log Drive

You are probably thinking of the log ride at the fair where you go flying down chutes and around corners. Well a log drive is very close to that! Logs are floated down a river from one place to another so that they can be made into lumber. The first log drive in Alberta happened in the spring of 1887. The Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company decided to float thousands of logs, from the mountains near Banff, down the Bow River to a mill in Calgary. Nobody actually got on a log and drove it. That would have been very dangerous. The log drive took all summer before it reached the Calgary mill. The toughest part of the job was just keeping the logs in the river.