River Lots 23 and 24 are rare examples of a surviving form of land sub-division that were characteristic of a number of missionary settlements.
The River Lot system pre-dates the sale of Rupert’s Land to the Dominion of Canada and the adoption of the standard rectangular township plan of Alberta. River Lot 23 was originally used as the site of the Hudson’s Bay outpost in St. Albert from 1866-1875, while River Lot 24 is unique for its continued occupation by subequent generations of the same Métis Family that settled in St Albert after the mission was created by Father Lacombe.
The Heritage Sites Functional Plan calls for River Lot 23 & 24 to tell the story of the French-Canadian and Métis settlements in St. Albert with some of the oldest surviving historic houses and agricultural buildings, including La Maison Chevingy (circa 1890), Brousseau Granary (circa 1900), Cunningham House (circa 1910) and Hogan House (circa 1900).
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