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History is big in tiny Fort Chipewyan

Author: Shannon Leahy

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“You are one confused young woman!”


Oliver Glanfield, my 80-something-year-old museum guide, is aghast at my ignorance.

How can someone who has flown over Alberta’s love-’em-or-loathe-’em oil sands, across the Peace-Athabasca Delta and landed on the northwestern shore of Lake Athabasca not know a darn thing about the bloody, brutal fur trade?

While Glanfield educates me, I continue to marvel at the setting for my impromptu tutorial on Canadian history.

This is Day 2 in Fort Chipewyan and the farthest north I’ve ever been — anywhere.

Read more: http://vacay.ca/2014/07/history-is-big-in-tiny-fort-chipewyan/#ixzz3jrtjvlkg

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