Bringing History To Life

From a vast barren landscape occupied by only Cree First Nations, Beaver First Nations, and the herds of wild roaming Buffalo. To an influx of gold panner's chasing the dream of striking it rich during the Klondike gold rush. The history of the peace region is as vibrant and diverse as its modern day population.

With no reliable means of transportation, no clear cut roads, and temperamental weather, the settlement of our region was no easy feat.

By 1901, when the rest of the country was experiencing an economic boom our region was home to 93 settlers.

By 1912 the first automobile had arrived in Grande Prairie, banks and stores had begun to be established, and the City of Grande Prairie began to grow.

The discovery of the Elmworth gas field in the 1970s led to a modern day gold rush with people flocking to the area to work in the oil and gas industry. That growth, has yet to stop.

Our area has grown, in just a short period of time from the Wild West, to a busy city metropolis, and the South Peace Archives, with the support of your Community Foundation are ensuring that our history is accessible for all members of the community.

A recent grant from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is assisting the South Peace Archives in keeping history alive through the Archival Film Reformatting and Preservation Project. The films that are being preserved offer a glimpse into the life and development of our area. Allowing future generations to witness history with their own eyes.

Our community started from humble roots and through perseverance and dedication it has grown to a city rich with history, diversity, and filled with people dedicated to helping each other and growing our region. While it continues to grow and flourish, the Community Foundation and the South Peace Archives will be there to support the people, and preserve their stories, for generations to come.


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