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The Beaver Hills Country

A History of Land and Life

This book explores a relatively small, but interesting and anomalous, region of Alberta between the North Saskatchewan and the Battle Rivers. The Beaver Hills arose where mountain glaciers from the west met continental ice-sheets from the east. An overview of the hills’ physiography helps us to grasp the complexity and diversity of landscapes, soil types, and vegetation communities. Ecological themes, such as climatic cycles, ground water availability, vegetation succession and the response of wildlife, and the impact of fires, shape the possibilities and provide the challenges to those who have called the region home or used its varied resources: Aboriginal peoples, Métis, and European immigrants.

190 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction: On the Name "Beaver Hills"

Chapter 1: The Character of the Beaver Hills

Chapter 2: Ancient Ways Between Two Rivers

Chapter 3: Traders, Horses, and Bison, 1730–1870

Chapter 4: Visions of the Promised Land, 1870–1905

Chapter 5: Conservation, Communities and Egalitarianism, 1905–1930

Chapter 6: Hard Times and Good Times, 1930–1950

Chapter 7: Postwar Urbanism



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