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Grande Cache in Municipal District of Greenview, Alberta — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)
 

"Grande Cache" / astatchiko-uwin

It's Our Name / Kamisak

 
 
"Grande Cache" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2022
1. "Grande Cache" Marker
Inscription.  
In A History of Grande Cache, renowned Canadian artist Robert Guest described a typical fur cache. "The cache was made from sturdy logs to withstand the severe winter conditions and the predators such as wolverines and bears, which might try to get inside. The cache was primarily used to store furs in winter, but could also be used for trapping supplies and perhaps dried or cured foods at times."

Robert continued "The cabin was probably from five to eight feet tall in the centre, so a person could stand in it. The doorway was quite small. The stilts or legs of the cache had tin attached, so that animals would find it difficult to climb up into the cabin part of the cache. Winter caches of this type were usually about twenty feet above the ground."

Our town is called Grande Cache, which is of course French. The story on how we got that name is very interesting. Ignace Giasson was an Iroquois employee of the Hudson Bay Company who was stationed at St. Mary's Fort near Peace River. He was originally from the Montreal area, so he spoke French.

Giasson was active in the Grande Cache area during the years 1818 to
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1821. He would travel into what is now British Columbia and bring back large quantities of furs. On one of these trips, he was heavily laden with pelts and the snow was very deep, so he constructed a winter fur cache on the banks of the Sulphur River, right below where Ewan Moberly later had his trading post at Victor Lake. Eventually, the whole area became known as Grande Cache.

By Richard Wuorinen for the Grande Cache Historical Society
Sources: A History of Grande Cache and Pack Saddles to Tete Jaune Cache

Thank you to Weyerhaeuser, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and all who made this sign possible.

A Legacy Gift
In recognition of the 12 years Weyerhaeuser Company Limited operated in the community of Grande Cache (1992-2004), a donation of $50,000 was made to support the development of this project.

Weyerhaeuser hopes many travelers enjoy their visit and appreciate the history, beauty, and natural surroundings of the town as well as the outstanding hospitality offered by the citizens of Grande Cache.

 
Erected by Weyerhaeuser; and Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1818.
 
Location. 53° 53.14′ 
Marker detail: Ignace Giasson Laden with Furs image. Click for full size.
Drawing by James Harvey
2. Marker detail: Ignace Giasson Laden with Furs
N, 119° 6.563′ W. Marker is in Grande Cache, Alberta, in Municipal District of Greenview. Marker is on 100 Street (Provincial Highway 40) just east of 98 Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located along the interpretive trail at Grande Cache Tourism & Interpretive Centre. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9701 Alberta Highway 40, Grande Cache AB T0E 0Y0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Marker detail: Winter Cache image. Click for full size.
Drawing by Robert Guest
3. Marker detail: Winter Cache
Marker detail: Summer Cache image. Click for full size.
Drawing by Robert Guest
4. Marker detail: Summer Cache
"Grande Cache" Marker & Winter Cache exhibit image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2022
5. "Grande Cache" Marker & Winter Cache exhibit
(Alberta Highway 40 in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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May. 25, 2024