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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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In the summer of 1795, twenty-two men built Fort Augustus, later to become Fort Edmonton, which means "happy helmet." In July of 1897, the steamer Portland arrived at Schwabacher's dock on the Seattle waterfront and discharged a horde of successful Klondike gold miners, weighed down with bags, sacks and boxes of gold. Edmonton has been an integral part of the development of western Canada ever since then and was the jumping off point for those heading to the Klondike in search of gold. Every summer the tradition continues as Edmonton celebrates its roots during Klondike Days.

Canada's largest historical park, Fort Edmonton Park, is open from the end of May through September and has more than 70 period buildings set in four time periods in Edmonton's history. Costumed players recreate life at the 1846 fur trade fort, at the 1885 settlement, as it was in the capital city of 1905 and as a city set on achievement during the 1920's.

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