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Fur Trade and Mission Sites
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Fur Trade:

14 - The Origin of Athabasca
Summary: This area of the province has had many names, how did it come to be named Athabasca? Listen to find out.

The confluence of the Peace and Smoky Rivers 24 - Naming the Peace River
Summary: The Peace River is one of the longest in Canada - but how did it get it's name? Historian Merrily Aubrey discusses.

91 - Naming Crowsnest Pass
Summary: The name Crowsnest was first recorded in 1858 - but how did it get that name? Listen to find out!

Former site of Fort Macleod on the Oldman River257 - Origin of Fort Macleod
Summary: This town was first established in 1874 as a post of NWMP - on an island in the Bow River! What happened as the town grew?

258 - Old Bay House in Fort Vermilion
Summary: The only building left of the Hudson's Bay complex near Fort Vermilion has an interesting history. Listen to find out!


27 - Poundmaker Residential School
Summary: The alcohol and drug treatment centre in St. Albert was a residential school from the 1880s to the 1960s.

St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church 32 - St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church
Summary: The St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Medicine Hat, Alberta. The church was built in 1912-14 by the Sacred Heart Fathers.

Father Lacombe Chapel 65 - Father Lacombe Chapel in St. Albert
Summary: Historian Dorothy Field discusses the history of the chapel, and it's importance in the presence of the mission in the west.

68 - Reverend Forbes Homestead in Grande Prairie
Summary: Hear the fascinating tale of a family's journey to their new home in northern Alberta.

129 - St. Nobert's Roman Catholic Church at Provost
Summary: The architecture of this building makes it remarkable, but the story of how it came to be built is equally interesting. Listen in!

174 - Church of the Nazarene in High River
Summary: The church in High River took many years to come about - find out why!

Sign announcing Christ Church, Millarville 238 - Christ Church at Millarville
Summary: Find out about this church, whose presence in the village dates back to 1896.

283 - Notre Dame Convent in Morinville
Summary: Find out about the many incarnations of this building.

St. Luke's Anglican Church, Red Deer 313 - St. Luke's Anglican Church in Red Deer
Summary: The construction of this church took almost a decade! Listen as historian Dorothy Field explains.

317 - Pre-1900 Buildings: St. Augustine's Church and Mission, Peace River
Summary: What remains of the mission presence in the north?

St Paul's church, Fish Creek 322 - St. Paul's Anglican Church at Fish Creek, Near Calgary
Summary: Who was the wonderful benefactor that helped this church flourish?

Lakes and Rivers:

141 - Southesk River Near Jasper
Summary: The Southesk River was named after one of Alberta's earliest and most eccentric travelers. Who was he?

142 - Bear and Boyer Rivers
Summary: Which name is it?

View of the Oldman River at Fort Macleod 146 - Oldman River
Summary: The name of this river is based on native legends of a famous Cree trickster.


Rocky Mountains 171 - Akamina Pass and South Kootenay Pass
Summary: Akamina Pass' name is descriptive of the areas appearance. What does "akamina" mean?

172 - Athabasca Pass
Summary: This amazing pass takes it's name from the nearby natural features in the Rocky Mountains, between Alberta and British Columbia.

176 - Healy Pass
Summary: This pass was named after a colourful adventurer and explorer. Find out more about him.

Kicking Horse Pass 177 - Kicking Horse Pass
Summary: This pass was named after an incident on one of the side trips taken by a member of the Palliser expedition.

Historic Trails:

191 - Edmonton to St. Albert
Summary: Find out about the history behind this well traveled trail, and now highway!

Athabasca River as viewed from Athabasca Landing 192 - St. Albert to Athabasca Landing
Summary: The continuation of the trail from Edmonton to St. Albert led to the hub of Athabasca.

196 - Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan
Summary: When travelling between Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton, you had two choices. Historian Merrily Aubrey discusses.

201 - Calgary to Edmonton Trail, Before 1883
Summary: The main highway between Calgary and Edmonton was once a footpath.

202 - Calgary to Edmonton Trail, 1883 to Present
Summary: The railway's introduction in the west created great changes - how did it effect travel between Edmonton and Calgary?

206 - Calgary to Morley Trail, Part One
Summary: Calgary has many historic trails surrounding it, find out about this trail that was once abandoned.

207 - Calgary to Morley Trail, Part Two
Summary: Find out how the towns and villages in the area around Calgary were named.

211 - MacLeod to Calgary Trail, Part One
Summary: This trail dates back to the days when the NWMP first arrived in southern Alberta.

212 - MacLeod to Calgary Trail, Part Two
Summary: The trail boasted several communities and stops along it - and this is the tale of how they were named.

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