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Calgary, Alberta, T3K, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1976/06/15

Rev. George McDougall Memorial Provincial Historic Resource, Calgary (March 2006); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Historic Resources Management, 2006
West side of the cairn
Rev. George McDougall Memorial Provincial Historic Resource, Calgary (March 2006); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Historic Resources Management, 2006
Looking northeast at the cairn
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Autre nom(s)

Rev. George McDougall Cairn

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2008/01/04

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Reverend George McDougall Memorial is a commemorative cairn located on 0.46 acres approximately six kilometres north of Calgary, several kilometres west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Reverend George McDougall Memorial lies in its indication of the place at which the legendary Methodist missionary is believed to have died.

Reverend George McDougall was one of the pre-eminent early missionaries in Alberta and a key figure in the development of early civil life in the province. Born in Kingston, Ontario in 1821, McDougall converted to the Methodist faith at the age of 19 and began a trial candidacy for the ministry a decade later. Between 1851 and 1860, he served the Native peoples of central Canada before being appointed to the Rossville mission at Norway House and assuming the responsibilities of superintendent of Methodist missions in western Canada. From the early 1860s until 1876, McDougall conducted most of his work from present-day Alberta, establishing new missions at Victoria and Morleyville and overseeing Methodist efforts at Whitefish Lake, Pigeon Lake, and Fort Edmonton. McDougall served both Native and Euro-Canadian populations in his role as evangelist and spiritual guide. He was also a strong advocate for Native peoples in their struggles to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances of the 1860s and 1870s. With his large family - particularly his famed son John - McDougall pioneered some of the earliest settlements and agricultural efforts in Alberta. As missionary, advocate, and pioneer, McDougall had a profound impact upon Euro-Canadian and Native relations in western Canada and on the development of early settlement in present-day Alberta.

George McDougall died in January 1876 after becoming lost during a buffalo hunt. At the time, the Morleyville Mission's food supplies were dwindling and McDougall had brought word that the buffalo were moving westward over the plains. A small hunting party was organized that included both George McDougall and his son John. After successfully killing several of the animals, George McDougall rode ahead of his son toward their camp. He never arrived. A snowstorm impeded search efforts and his frozen body was not discovered until days later. It is believed he died of a heart attack at the site now marked by the commemorative cairn; his body was taken to Morleyville and buried.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 659)

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of Reverend George McDougall Memorial include such features as:
- location where George McDougall is believed to have died;
- environment of native prairie grasses;
- cairn.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de l'Alberta

Loi habilitante

Historical Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Ressource historique provinciale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Établir une vie sociale et communautaire
Les institutions religieuses
Un territoire à peupler
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Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 659)

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