The Journey: Moving to Northern Alberta

What would make a young man want to leave the area he loved and had spent most of his life in?  Many things:  a need for change, a sense of adventure.  For Larry it was a seed that was sowed that would become the dream of owning his own farm.

Like most areas that have been settled for a long time, the area Larry grew up in had no affordable farms available.  Most of the land was occupied by multigenerational farm families.  By the time he was old enough to pursue his own farm his parents had been retired and living away from the farm.  His oldest brother, William and his family were running the family farm now.  

Sunset on the Prairie   

Sunset on the Prairie

 

His second oldest brother, Mark and his wife decided to look for land in the Peace River region of northern Alberta.  One day Mark said to Larry, "if you wanted to purchase land the Peace country was the area to do it in".  Available land was plentiful and reasonably priced.  So together they made the fourteen hour journey north in search of their dream farms.  Mark found his, but God's timing wasn't right for Larry yet.   He kept up his search over the next two years. 

Meanwhile life must go on.  He found a job working on a community grazing reserve in Wanham, AB.  The following season was spent at Bear Canyon, AB doing the same job.  Even northern Alberta needs its cowboys!  The off season, meaning winters would find Larry back in southern Alberta feeding cattle on a large ranch.  So you see, if you know anything about cowboying you know that it is part of who you are.   So while he searched he continued to do what he loved.

Once a Cowboy always a Cowboy

Once a Cowboy always a Cowboy

Living in two very different locations in the Peace country gave him opportunity to experience the climate variations of the area.  But nothing he looked at quite suited what he had in mind for his farm.

Soon he would have help looking his dream farm.  Before the season at Bear Canyon ended he returned to southern Alberta to marry and bring his new bride to the north.