Municipal History

A legacy like no other.

Though Canada was founded in 1867, the roots of our region trace back to the dawn of man. Ours is a storied past filled with thriving indigenous communities, intrepid explorers, and the inevitable march of progress and industry into our unique boreal region. From downing giant bears to guarding Nazi POWs, our true northern tales rival those of any Jack London novel. This interactive timeline is a work in progress, and is designed to chronicle some of the key events that have shaped the course of Lesser Slave River's history.

Help strengthen the MD's historical timeline. Spot a date or description that's not quite accurate? Have a photo or story of your own to tell? Contact the Communications Department and add to Lesser Slave River's legacy.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

David Thompson, an explorer, arrived at the mouth of the Lesser Slave River on April 28th, 1799, and was the first white man to see the vast Lesser Slave Lake. Thompson established a townsite thereafter called Sawridge, coming from the sawtoothed appearance of the large sand ridges along the north shoreline of the Lake. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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