MP-0000.158.60 | Ploughing, Western Canada, about 1925

Photograph, glass lantern slide
Ploughing, Western Canada, about 1925
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1925, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
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"Western Canada -- Ploughing: We are now entering the great prairie region of the Canadian West. Beginning a few miles east of Winnipeg, the prairie stretches roughly speaking as far as Calgary, over 800 miles distant, and due north from the International boundary between Canada and the United States for least at least 300 miles. This vast region, the world`s "last Great West," forms a mammoth agricultural area of almost limitless possibilities. The three Prairie Provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, contain a land area of 466,000,000 acres. Of this amount, the conservative estimate has been made that 167,000,000 acres are first-class agricultural land that will raise the finest of crops. Western Canada, indeed, does produce wheat, oats, barley and other cereals in great quantity and of the finest quality -- the latter being attested by the large number of prizes that Canadian wheat has won at international competitions."

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 4--The Prairie Provinces; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.