Tangent Park - Hamlet of Tangent, Alberta

The Tangent Park is located approximately 27 km southwest of Peace River, Alberta along Highway 740, and is located next the Landing, where a Shaftesbury Ferry takes you across the Peace River. The Hamlet of Tangent is located approximately 48 km south of Tangent Park or 75 km south of Peace River.




Tangent Park - more info

Tangent Park Campground - more info

Tangent Park Playground - more info

Shaftesbury Ferry Info - more info
The Shaftesbury Ferry near the Tangent Park has a maximum with load of 6.25 metres, and maximum wheel length of 16.62 metres, with maximum load of 38 tonnes. Operates only during the daytime and does not operate once the river starts to freeze. No cost to go on the Ferry and takes about 5 minutes to cross.


Village of Tangent - more info
Tangent Hall - more info

Tangent Cafe & Store - more info

Tangent Church - more info




HISTORY OF TANGENT, ALBERTA

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.

Blakley Landing near Tangent Park was named after Everett Thomas Blakley an innovative Peace Country Pioneer. (1886-1970) In 1930 he made a makeshift raft loaded with a tractor and breaking plow to get to his homestead land on the other side of the river. In 1951 the first official ferry was built by Blakley and neighbors. Blakley's brothers continued to operate the ferry after the retirement of Everett Blakley in 1961. The government took over the Shaftesbury Ferry in 1977.

In 2005 Tangent celebrated 75 years. Celebration Sign View Photo

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Many farms surround the community of Tangent. As the seasons change so does the landscape.

At one time there was a school in Tangent, with up to 200 students. The present Big Buck Cafe and General Store was a residence used by the Nuns who taught at the local school in and around the year 1967. Because the amount of students had decreased over the years, the school was finally closed and was torn down in the 1970's. Most were then bussed to Eaglesham, with just a few wanting to go to Falher. The population of Tangent is about 50 people.





The old Smoky River Bridge at Watino before it was torn down (southeast of Tangent) along Highway 49, now demolished. VIEW PHOTO


Tangent Cultural Centre - more info


Old Garage - more info

Old Barn - more info

Oil Pumpjack - more info
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