The site of one of Alberta's earliest fur trade posts and missionary centres dating back to 1805. The Beaver Indians were some of the earliest inhabitants of the area with the first European explorers passing through in the 1700's. In 1805, Archibald Norman McLeod established a trading post naming it Fort Dunvegan, after his family's ancestral castle in Scotland. Dunvegan became a Hudson Bay Company post and operated until 1918. The Factor's House and the St. Charles Rectory and Church (1867) are the only two buildings remaining from that time.
HISTORY OF DUNVEGAN, ALBERTA
Many have attempted to climb this steep hill at Dunvegan Provincial Park. It was said that if you could reach the ledge where the Spruce Trees grew (about three quarters up the hill), you were successful. Looking up at the banks, makes you feel you are surrounded by mountains. It is home to a wide variety of prairie wild flowers, birds and butterflies.
DUNVEGAN BRIDGE VIDEO: Crossing the Bridge: VIEW VIDEO
MAPLES - HISTORIC MARKERS: VIEW VIDEO
DAY-USE AREA - HISTORIC SITES: VIEW VIDEO
Market Gardens located to the east of Dunvegan Provincial Park: VIEW PHOTO
Next to the Market Gardens is the Dunvegan General Store: VIEW PHOTO