When Calgary became a town in May 1884, the surrounding area was windswept prairie. With the objective of creating wind breaks, the town launched a program distributing spruce trees to taxpayers for a small fee. In the 1890s, William Pearce, for whom Pearce Estate Park is named, started an experimental tree farm to determine which trees were suitable for the area and to encourage homeowners to grow trees. He was part of a group of civic leaders who dreamed that Calgary could be transformed into a “city of trees.” Read More …read more

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