Home to 12 Foot Davis
Peace River. About 2 hours north of Grande Prairie. Why go there you ask? I have a friend that has recently moved here. Also, Peace River is home to the northern Alberta infrastructure office, Alberta Transportation. So I used to go here for work.
On the way from Grande Prairie to Peace River, you pass over Dunvegan Bridge, which is very narrow, very scary in winter, but really cool.
Now, this past trip to Peace River actually was shrouded in fog, so I didn't get any pictures taken of it. But fear not, I'll go back and take some next time!!!
"Taken from a brochure from the Town of Peace River"
In 1792, during his epic journey to the Pacific Ocean, Alexander Mackenzie established Fort Fork on the south bank of the Peace River. The Fort was located just upstream of the confluence of the Peace and Smoky Rivers, near what later became the Town of Peace River. Missionaries were the first settlers to the area, sent to introduce the native people to Christianity. They began to promote agriculture and required river transportation for supplies. Unwittingly, they proved the value of agriculture in the Peace; a region soon defined for both agriculture and river transport. Between 1910 and 1916, the rail lines were extended north from Edmonton. With rail came an influx of settlers and others interested in harvesting the Peace Country of trees and oil. The period between 1926 and 1931 also brought large numbers to “God’s Country”, as the Great Depression robbed many of a livelihood in Saskatchewan and southern Alberta. The townsite of Peace River was first surveyed in 1909 and became the Village of Peace River Crossing on June 2, 1914. The name of the village was later shortened to "Peace River" on May 22, 1916. The Town of Peace River was incorporated on December 1, 1919. Peace River is known for a number of historic facts and legendary figures. One of the most famous figures was Henry Fuller Davis. He was commonly called “Twelve Foot Davis”, due to his twelve foot land claim during the Cariboo Country gold rush in British Columbia which netted Davis almost $30,000.00 worth of gold. He took these profits and staked it all on a trading post close to where the Town of Peace River stands today. Davis was known to be a generous man and represents the true spirit of pioneering. 3 Numerous steamboats plied the waters of the Peace, but none more famous or as large as the D.A. Thomas which, after 15 years of service, sank in 11 feet of water in 1929. With the end of the steamboat era, rail transport became the most important link to the south. Many a politician suffered under the strain of establishing a rail link in the varied landscape which makes up the Peace Country. Today, the Town of Peace River functions as a thriving regional trade and service centre to northwestern Alberta. Many of the businesses related to the natural resource sector in northern Alberta centre their operations in Peace River and take advantage of the variety of services available in the community. The young demographic profile often exhibited by resource-based economies is reflected in the Town of Peace River’s active and progressive lifestyle. The community offers a variety of activities for families and residents of all ages.