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Description of Surveyed Townships in the Peace River District

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Excerpt from Description of Surveyed Townships in the Peace River District: In the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia

The area included in the district herein described lies between the north boundary of township 68 and the north boundary of township 112, and extends from the east boundary of range 9 west of the Fifth meridian to the western boundary of Alberta. It also includes the area known as the Peace River Block, comprising three and one-half million acres in the northerly part of British Columbia adjacent to Alberta. The total area of the whole district is about 53,000 square miles, or a little larger than the combined areas of the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The Peace River District can be reached by the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, which runs northwesterly from Edmonton, passing south of Lesser Slave Lake and continuing westerly through Spirit River and Pouce Coupe districts to British Columbia.

The main line is now constructed as far as Spirit River City in tp. 78-5-6, and although passenger train service is yet established only as far as McLennan, in tp. 77-19-5, construction trains run the whole distance to Spirit River City. Passenger service will be established the whole distance as soon as the wooden bridges over the streams are replaced by more substantial structures. A branch line from McLennan to Peace River Crossing is now in operation, and another branch line from Spirit River City to Grande Prairie is under construction.

Peace River Crossing can now be reached from Edmonton in about twenty-four hours, whereas this trip formerly took about two weeks. The difference in time alone is a great advantage, to say nothing of the comfort and convenience of the present mode of travel.

It is intended, at some future date, to continue the railway across Peace River, at Peace River Crossing, and from there to construct two branch lines, one running westerly about forty miles north of the river, and the other north and east along the left bank of the river to Fort Vermilion.

At Peace River Crossing the river, which is about a quarter of a mile wide, may be crossed on the ice till about April 21. In summer passengers and freight are taken across by a cable ferry, the current being the propelling power. From there a good wagon road has been constructed on the north side of the river to Dunvegan, where the river is again crossed by ferry, the country being too rough on the south side for travelling between Dunvegan and the Crossing.

The wagon road continues on the north side of the river from Dunvegan to Fort St. John, but as yet it is not in very good condition. The most difficult part is at the valley of North Pine River which is 800 feet deep. At this point the wagons must be unloaded and let down the bank empty.

The road is some distance back from the river throughout most of its length, as the valleys of the streams which have to be crossed are very deep near Peace River, but much shallower farther back. It is not very much travelled in summer, but in winter many loaded sleighs pass over it.

A sleigh road leads from Dunvegan south through Spirit River Settlement and then west to Fort St. John; in its present condition, however, it is impassable in summer. A longer road but good for transportation by wagon, extends from Dunvegan south to Lake Saskatoon, and thence along Beaverlodge River to Pouce Coupe Prairie. From there it follows the government telegraph line to Fort St. John.

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Titel: Description of Surveyed Townships in the Peace River District
Untertitel: In the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia (Classic Reprint)
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EAN: 9780484170789
ISBN: 0484170783
Format: Fester Einband
Anzahl Seiten: 268
Gewicht: 514g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T19mm
Jahr: 2017

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