The Beaver Hills Country
190 pages, 6 x 9
35 b&w photos, 10 maps, 2 illustrations, 1 table
Release Date:01 Aug 2009

The Beaver Hills Country

A History of Land and Life

Athabasca University Press
This book is explores a relatively small, but interesting and
anomalous, region of Alberta between the North Saskatchewan and the
Battle Rivers. The Beaver Hills arose where mountain glaciers from the
west met continental ice-sheets from the east. An overview of the
hills’ physiography helps us to grasp the complexity and
diversity of landscapes, soil types, and vegetation communities.
Ecological themes, such as climatic cycles, ground water availability,
vegetation succession and the response of wildlife, and the impact of
fires, shape the possibilities and provide the challenges to those who
have called the region home or used its varied resources: Indians,
Métis, and
European immigrants.
Graham A. MacDonald has worked as a public historianfor the Ontario Parks Branch, the Manitoba Heritage Branch, and ParksCanada, and as a heritage planner in Winnipeg. His research includesFirst Nations history, the fur trade, and natural resource history. Helives in Victoria, B.C.


Introduction: On the Name "BeaverHills"

Chapter 1: The Character of the Beaver Hills

Chapter 2: Ancient Ways Between Two Rivers

Chapter 3: Traders, Horses, and Bison,1730–1870

Chapter 4: Visions of the Promised Land,1870–1905

Chapter 5: Conservation, Communities andEgalitarianism, 1905–1930

Chapter 6: Hard Times and Good Times,1930–1950

Chapter 7: Postwar Urbanism



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