MacGregor, J.G.PADDLE WHEELS TO BUCKET-WHEELS ON THE ATHABASCA. Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1974 0771054505 / 9780771054501 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 190 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, maps. "(T)ells the story of Canada's Athabasca area in Northern Alberta. There, one of nature's mightiest rivers and the gigantic lake into which it flows have witnessed the exploits of fur-traders, explorers, missionaries and pioneers. Dr. MacGregor presents the region before the coming of the white man, the tentative beginnings of the fur-trade, the early explorations of Samuel Hearne and Peter Pond, the probing journeys of the voyageurs, the long and bitter rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company for the rich fur resources of the region. Here are tales of advernturers and settlers, the scow brigades and sternwheeler crews, the railway builders and the airplane pilots, all of whom have set their mark on the region. Of special interest in the light of recent events, is the history of the development of the Athabasca oil sands, from its early beginnings at the turn of the (20th) century to the modern extraction complex of today." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, tiny dent on front hinge.