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Western Canada ("Prairie Provinces")

The prairies of the Canadian West are a delight to all those who see them, stretching away in the distance for miles without number, seemingly to have no bounds. They become much more interesting, however, as you get better acquainted with them and know their worth. These great plains, where once the ranchmen held sway, are rapidly becoming converted into a rich agricultural country, the home of prosperous and wealthy farmers. The enormous amount of construction done in the past by the Canadian Northern Railway has opened up huge tracts of the finest portions of these prairies, furnishing facilities to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and new settlers for acquiring at least the nucleus of an independence. To what extent the independence increases, depends entirely on the industry and work of the settler. Every opportunity is given him to make good.

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From Canadian Northern Railway brochure, 1912

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