Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre

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The mighty Peace River was our first highway. Traveling upstream, the voyageurs searched for furs, hides and provisions which were needed to sustain further exploration and trade.  The Peace is one of the top three Alberta rivers to be nominated for Canadian Heritage River status.

Located along the Peace, in Wood Buffalo National Park is Peace Point. Here the Beaver and Cree settled differences in 1765. The river was thus named "Peace" or "Unchaga" in the Beaver language.

Access to the river is achieved easily at Fort Vermilion where there is a floating dock and concrete ramp. Vessels can also come ashore at landing sites in front of the commercial district.

The Peace and the watercourses that drain into it exist because of the boreal wetlands.  Like giant sponges, these extensive wetlands are critical habitat for many creatures and act like giant water filters that gradually release moisture into the landscape and atmosphere.  Thousands of people are dependant on the landscapes and water quality of the Peace.

Photos by Marilee Cranna Toews, Fort Vermilion



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Acknowledgements: Summer Career Placement Program staff, Keith Klassen (2004/2005) & Jordan Lambert (2006) and

Marilee Cranna Toews of the Fort Vermilion Agricultural Society