I read the book, Muddling Through, on my last vacation.

About a hundred years ago, two thousand British; bank clerks, butchers, housewives, remittance men and ex-Boer War soldiers followed Isaac Barr, to Alberta.

It turns out Issac was a bit of "dreamer" and exaggerated the living conditions to his compatriots and their skill(s) to the Canadian government.

Only a 100 years ago. Look at the tent above and the sod house to the right. Think of the children and the minus 30 degree winter mornings. Chopping ice for drinking water.
I remembered two thoughts. First, we don't have it so bad today. Second, admiration for the "toughness" and tenacity of the early Canadian immigrants.

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