Ukrainian Settlement - Mundare, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 53° 34.276 W 112° 37.167
12U E 392762 N 5937041
Quick Description: This historical marker provides information about the history of the settlement of Ukrainians in Alberta and is located at a rest area on Trans-Canada Highway 16 near Mundare, Alberta.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 7/10/2013 2:27:37 PM
Waymark Code: WMHH1C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
Views: 1

Long Description:
The marker reads:

"The first Ukrainian immigrants to Canada came to this part of Alberta in the early 1890s, fleeing poverty and oppression in their homeland. Taking out homesteads, they gradually cleared the forest to create farmland. In the initial settlement stage, families survived on the produce from their large gardens, and on local berries and mushrooms, fish and game, and any grain they grew. Often the men took jobs in mines or lumber camps to earn cash. The women and children developed the farmstead by planting crops, clearing more land, and tending livestock.

Temporary sod dwellings built into hillsides or dug into the ground soon gave way to more permanent structures, usually two-room houses with clay plastered walls and a thatched roof. As more land was brought under cultivation and farming incomes rose, the appearance of out buildings to shelter animals and machinery indicated that the settlement stage was ending.

Organizing school districts, building churches, and opening businesses in newly established towns, these Ukrainian pioneers became a vital part of Alberta's cultural mosaic, a tradition their descendants carry on today."

Additional information about the settlement of Ukrainians in Alberta is available (visit link).

Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: New Alberta Tourism Marker Style

Parking: Located at a highway rest area with plenty of parking.

Placement agency: Government of Alberta

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