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Photo By Marilee Cranna Toews, Fort Vermilion

So you are considering a trip to Fort Vermilion or you are in the region and wondering what there is to see and do. Did you paddle your way upstream? Some may, but most will arrive by Alberta's Mackenzie Highway 35 with Grimshaw being at mile zero. Others will challenge the wilderness route by way of Bicentennial Highway 88 starting at Slave Lake.

Coming to Fort Vermilion will be your introduction to one of Alberta's first settlements. Beginning in 1788, there are written records that tell of landscapes and fur trade posts, hardships and simple pleasures. The people were hardy. They had to be!

Scenes have changed since the earliest explorers and traders met the natives of this area. Some of these changes are explained in pamphlets and depicted in displays at the Visitor Log House located at the Community and Cultural Complex in Fort Vermilion.

The house itself is historical having been built around 1923 of logs that were hand-hewn and dove tailed. The craftsmanship that went into building the house is evident as well in at least 20 other dove-tailed log buildings in or nearby Fort Vermilion.  The Fort Vermilion Heritage Guide and 'Buttertown' brochure tell of these solidly built edifices of earlier days.

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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