The History of the Parkland

The history of human settlement in the Parkland area spans 10,000 years and is a story of people at once taming and succumbing to the landscape around them. The climate has always been harsh, the seasons extreme but the settlers were rewarded with good, fertile soil and bountiful harvests in a land full of natural beauty and resources.

The First Native inhabitants lived for thousands of years hunting bison (which existed in herds of hundreds of thousands), fishing on the seemingly countless lakes and supplementing their diets with berries, roots and herbs.

When the railway came at the turn of the century, European settlers, many from eastern Europe and Ukraine, turned the area into one of the richest grain-producing regions in the world. The lingering spirit of these pioneers can be felt in every church and school, every field and forest to which these pioneers applied themselves.