A view of the Town of Athabasca from the north bank of the Athabasca River, 1912. Athabasca Archives, 00933.
Athabasca Landing, located on the southern most bend of the Athabasca River, and the terminus of a freight trail from Edmonton, grew as the hub of a vast northern transportation system. Scows and paddle-wheel steamers plied these waters in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Town planners hoped that the railway would fan northeast and northwest from Athabasca, but it wasn't to be. Athabasca's importance as a transportation centre disappeared. Instead, the town evolved to become a service centre for agriculture, forest industries, energy, education, and recreation.
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