Dunvegan, Alberta

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Dunvegan
Dunvegan, Alberta is located in Alberta
Dunvegan, Alberta
Location of Dunvegan in Alberta
Coordinates: 55°55′16″N 118°36′09″W / 55.92111°N 118.60250°W / 55.92111; -118.60250Coordinates: 55°55′16″N 118°36′09″W / 55.92111°N 118.60250°W / 55.92111; -118.60250
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Census divisionNo. 19
Municipal districtMunicipal District of Fairview No. 136
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)

Dunvegan is an unincorporated community within the Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 in northern Alberta, Canada. It is located 26 kilometres (16 mi) south of the town of Fairview on the northern bank of the Peace River at the mouth of the Dunvegan Creek.

Highway 2 crosses the Peace River at Dunvegan on Alberta's longest vehicle suspension bridge.[1] The Dunvegan Formation was named for this community.

History[edit]

The area was inhabited by the Beaver (Dunne-za) First Nation. The first European explorers arrived in the late 18th century.[2] Fort Dunvegan was established in 1805 by North West Company fur trader Archibald Norman McLeod, who named it after Dunvegan Castle in Scotland.[1] Today, Dunvegan Provincial Park offers tours of the restored Hudson's Bay Company Factor's House (built 1877[3]), St. Charles Church, St. Charles Rectory, and Revillon Freres Trading Post to the public during the summer months. A campground is also located onsite.[4]

The fort is designated as a historic site by Parks Canada.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zuehlke,Mark. The Alberta Fact Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alberta. Whitecap Books. 1997
  2. ^ Francis, Daniel and Michael Payne. A Narrative History of Fort Dunvegan. Watson and Dwyer. 1993.
  3. ^ Spirit River History Book Committee (1989). Chepi sepe : Spirit River : the land, the people. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-88925-781-8.
  4. ^ Government of Alberta. "Historic Dunvegan Provincial Park". Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ Parks Canada (June 2007). "Historic Dunvegan". Retrieved 2008-02-10.