hide You are viewing an archived web page, collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 17:56:48 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

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.