Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of the ICFW Archives ~ The Last Best West

By Valerie Comer

Ask any editor what the sweet spot is for historical novels, and most will tell you the 1880s in the American West. But the United States isn't the only country with a history of western expansion in that decade. Just north of the 49th parallel, similar events were happening in Canada.

My husband and I visited the Bar U Ranch a few weeks ago. This Canadian Historic Site is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about an hour southwest of Calgary, Alberta. It's one of a group of sites owned by Parks Canada, set aside as working monuments of a bygone era to keep history alive. The Bar U is the only one of these sites dedicated to Canadian ranching history.

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