In 1916 the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway Station opened at this location. In 1928 the settlers started coming. The name "Tangent" comes from how the railway curves and then forms a straight line. It is the Geometric term that inspired the name of the community. Area residents used to stop by the Peace River for the afternoon or night for free. It was later developed and called Tangent Park, because it was situated on the Tangent side of the river. Tangent Park is situated in the valley. You can follow the trail along the river for 10km which takes you to the famous "Mackenzie's Lookout," the area where Alexander Mackenzie travelled in the late 1700's.
HISTORY OF TANGENT, ALBERTA