High Level

High Level is a town of about 3,160 people (2016) in the Peace River Valley region of Alberta and is a and stopping point along the Mackenzie Highway.

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High Level marks the northern extent of the Peace River Country, and has one of the northernmost lands suited for agriculture in Canada. The name High Level originated from the height of the land that separates the Peace and the Hay Rivers. The original location was approximately 5.6 km (3.5 mi) north of the present location and along the old Fort Vermilion/Meander River freighting trail, serving as a stopping place, not a settlement. The first fur traders arrived in this area in 1786, but it was not until 1947 that High Level was settled, with development of road access to Fort Vermilion being the primary factor in determining the town’s present location. Oil deposits were discovered in the 1960s, and a railway was run to the area in 1963.

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