The beginnings

Before 1754

Roughly 15,000 years ago, the glaciers which covered Alberta melted, thereby allowing for complex indigenous societies to emerge and prosper. In the sixteenth century, driven by entrepreneurial spirit and a thirst for discovery, French and British explorers penetrated westward deep within the continent in search of illusive routes leading to the Orient. In growing numbers, explorers, guides, voyageurs, volunteers and interpreters made incursions into the vast inland river systems. The French were the first Europeans to set foot in Western Canada.

+ Indigenous Peoples
+ New France
+ Fur trade