November 28, 2012

The land was different when the Beaver people used to call it home. Wet and swampy, it was perfect for a people whose preferred mode of transportation was the canoe. In time, the swamps disappeared and the people moved north, but their canoes and paddles stayed behind. When Europeans eventually settled here, they found the canoes and paddles hanging in the trees; so they called it Paddle Prairie.

A post office was established in 1945 and since then the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement has grown to include about 1,000 people. Today, it offers a wide range of services for its residents, including a health centre and, of course, the local post office.