A few months ago, I picked up a small history book relating to the Palliser Expedition – it’s a fascinating book, as it recounted the adventures of John Palliser and his companions as they explored parts of what is now Manitoba, Saskatchewan Alberta and BC for 3 years in the late 1850’s.

If you ever wanted some real life stories to show that Western Canada was in its infancy in the 1850’s, this book will bring it to life. In fact, Palliser estimated that at the time, the total population of present day Saskatchewan and Alberta was only around 30,000 people, of which less than 2,000 were non-indigenous!

The story also turned out to have a tie-in to Coril’s heritage, in that Palliser’s best source of information as to how to find a route through the Rockies was a guide/fur trader named James Sinclair. James Sinclair was the brother of Phoebe Sinclair, who is a great-grandmother of the founder of the Mannix companies.

Jim W – Triovest

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