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How the Shuswap was settled (April 13 2013) over at his excellent Shuswap Passion blog.
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Prior to 1896, there were few permanent settlers in the Shuswap. Other than the early-formed settlements in Chase, Westwold (Grande Prairie), Fortune’s Landing (Enderby) and Sicamous, most of the Shuswap was still vacant land except for the small Indian reserves. With the election of Canadian Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier, a settlement campaign began called the “the last Best West,” named because by then most of the best land in the U.S. had already been settled. This campaign led to first a trickle and then a flood of settlers moving to the Shuswap.