Welcome back to the past

With more than 475 years of combined history, the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have a rich and colourful past. It is a history full of interesting people and important milestones and events.

To help celebrate the people, places and events that shaped Western Canada?s past, we are pleased to bring you a new column ? Back to the Past: Celebrating Western Canada?s People and Places, by Paul Spasoff. The columns will focus on the well known, as well as the more obscure and quirky pieces of our history.

As we move further into the 21st century, now is the perfect time to celebrate our history and the people and events that shaped the provinces. Sit back and relax, we hope you will enjoy this exciting trip back to the past.