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The picture on all pages on this website is from the Carl Lester collection within the ALSA archives. The picture is described as "1928 - Ready to pull for second camp - Lethbridge"
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Surveyors began by looking at the stars. Between the huge clear northern sky and the vast open lands to the west lies the history of surveying in Alberta.

We take our many boundaries - national, provincial, natural and urban parks, private residential property, airports, roads, oil well sites, irrigation ditches, to name but a few, almost for granted.

The skills of the surveyor are everywhere we look. It is the notes, sketches, and calculations of surveyors which gives us the maps and plans to order our world. Modern surveying and mapping in Alberta has a short, but astonishingly full, history.

Surveyors were among those who saw it as it had been for millennia and they were often the forerunners of change and development.