Beaverlodge 100 Years of Settlement

Beaverlodge 100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration - County of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Beaverlodge, located 43km west of Grande Prairie, celebrates its 100 Years of Settlement on August 14 and 15, 2009. The centennial celebration offers many exciting events including parade, trade show exhibits, free BBQ, heritage tour, agricultural fair, farmers market, horse, oxen, pet show, and many many more.

Beaverlodge Centennial Anniversary

Bill Bernard, the earliest settler, arrived in 1907. Oliver H. (Rutabaga) Johnson accompanied the Rede and Robert Stone families in 1908. The extended Johnson and Pool families, numbering fourteen, came in April 1909 and opened the first trading post west of Lake Saskatoon at “Stony Point”.

The first wave of settlement came in July 1909 in a thirty-one member party known as the “Bull Outfit” because of the thirty-six oxen they used. Included were such names as: Lossing, Flint, Smith, Sherk, Gaudin, Crabbe, Shisler, McNaught, Truax, Drake, Cranston, Pierce, and Sargeant. Almost all were members of the “Christian Association” from Ontario and their arrival in Beaverlodge Valley constituted the first successful attempt at group settlement in the Peace River Country.

Source: Monument at Beaverlodge Culture Centre

Beaverlodge 100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration - County of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
I was a volunteer for 2010 Arctic Winter Games parade float. If you were there, you probably saw me holding the Team Yukon Flag and waving at the crowd. :) The parade was awesome, better than Grande Prairie!!! No kidding!!! It sure drew a huge crowd along the parade route. After the parade, I went to Ag Plex to see the exhibits and horse show. Of course, the most important event of all was the birthday cake cutting for this historical event at 12 noon. Sweet! The cake really got me excited. :D

Beaverlodge Centennial Celebration Photos

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Fireworks Display in Town of Beaverlodge - County of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Beaverlodge Centennial Fireworks Display

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: Beaverlodge Centennial Cake. If the cake were an exact replica of the giant beaver statue in chocolate/coffee flavour, I would definitely be the first in the line to taste the cake!!! :D

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Speech - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Beaverlodge 100 Years of Settlement Ceremonial Speech

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake Cutting Ceremony with Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Cake Cutting with MP Chris Warkentin

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake Cutting Ceremony - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: More cake cutting

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake Cutting Ceremony - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Yet another cake. There were several cakes actually.

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake Cutting Ceremony - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: More still :D

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Giant Beaver Statute - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: It was a sunny day that day. Great weather to photoshoot with this Giant Beaver statute in Beaverlodge

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Giant Beaver Statute - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: I wonder why the Alberta Flag was lowered half way...

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Giant Beaver Statute - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: I think this giant beaver was built in year 2004. It becomes one of the popular roadside tourist attractions in Alberta.



100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Chuckwagon Ride - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: Chuckwagon Ride

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Agricultural Shows & Exhibits - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Agricultural show and exhibits during the centennial celebration

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Agricultural Shows & Exhibits - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: Agricultural show and exhibits

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Agricultural Shows & Exhibits - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Agricultural show and exhibits

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Agricultural Shows & Exhibits - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: Agricultural show and exhibits

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Traditional Games - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Traditional Games

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Traditional Games - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: Traditional Games

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration with Traditional Games - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: Traditional Games

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

August 14, 2009: More cake

100 Years of Settlement Centennial Anniversary Celebration Cake - Town of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

August 14, 2009: More cake

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