Kalyna's Francophone Culture
|One of over 31 murals in Legal,
the National Capital of French murals.
The French contribution to the development of Alberta goes back to the very beginning of Alberta. French was the first European language spoken in the Province. The more than 500 names of French origin which can still be found in Alberta are a reminder of the importance of this contribution to the development not only of the towns and villages, but to the development of the province as a whole.
These are just a few of the 20+ communities in Northeast Central Alberta with significant francophone histories:
St. Paul (Saint-Paul-des-Metis) - was first established by Father Lacombe in 1895. In 1899, the Soeurs de l’Assomption arrived in St. Paul. First established for the Metis, the project was not successful and the land reserved for them was opened to the public in 1909.
The Saint-Paul-des-Cris Mission was founded in 1865 by Father Lacombe at the actual site of Brosseau-Duvernay. Look for the recently erected historical sign commemorating St. Paul-des-Metis located along Hwy 36 at Brosseau.
Vegreville - The first settlers in Vegreville were the Poulin, Tetreau, Letourneau, Theroux and Houle families. Look for the recently erected historical mural in downtown Vegreville representing the multi-cultural flavour of the community.
For a cultural getaway in Kalyna Country plan to visit the French cultural corridor - St. Albert, Morinville and Legal, Download our Visitor Guide
The Kalyna Country Ecomuseum which is home to Canada’s largest Ukrainian settlement, also has one of the largest concentrations of French and Aboriginal settlement in Alberta. It is a true multi-cultural landscape whose cultural groups settled and toiled alongside each other making significant historical contributions to the development of the province of Alberta. This gives Kalyna Country a distinct flavour that makes this region more unique than other areas of Alberta. Francophone communities and museums throughout Kalyna Country highlight these rich cultural influences.
For complete details to francophone histories in Alberta contact Association Canadienne-francais de l’Alberta at (780) 466-1680 or visit www.acfa.ab.ca