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 Fort Salmon
British Columbia
Situated in the Centre of
the Agricultural Garden
of British Columbia
Western Canada Townsites
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
Copyright, Canada, igrj.
By Western Canada Townsites, Limited INTRODUCTION
The Art of Money Making in Real Estate
7j™ ARD WORK will never make you rich.    Hard work and systematic saving will keep you com-
**     fortable.    Hard work, systematic saving and FORESIGHT combined will make you wealthy.
tf@ml The rich and successful men and the immense fortunes of the country have not been made by
trickery, by gambling or by "get-rich-quick" schemes.    They have been made by foresight—the
ability to look into the future, and to take into consideration the great elements of wealth and the courage to
back good judgment with money, even though only a comparatively small amount.
Andrew Carnegie's great fortune is based on an original investment of his savings of $500.00. The
Astor fortune was made by the foresight of John Jacob Astor, who invested in town property. The people
who accumulated great wealth in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and a dozen other places, made it by ''getting in" before values went up. Values are up now in
those cities, and still the people are clamoring to get in at any price.
Now read this booklet, every word of it. It explains our ideal investment proposition in Fort Salmon,
British Columbia.    Get in now on the ground floor.    You will   make   money   without effort or risk by
simply waiting for the onward march of a city. The people who have made fortunes in real estate are
those who got in before land values advanced. Many of them   have   been   literally   kicked into being
millionaires over-night.
British Columbia is the great opportunity of to-day. British Columbia spells success. It is going
ahead at a pace to make the whole world gasp. If you cannot grow up in this wonderful country, and
grow up with it, let your money grow up with it. Become identified with it in some way. Buy property
in Fort Salmon—as much as you can afford.    To buy and to hold is to amass wealth. Map of	
shewing Existing & Projected Railways.
Province of British Columbia
"No province of the Dominion of Canada," said Sir
Richard McBride, Prime Minister of the Province, at the
annual banquet of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association at
Vancouver, B. C, 22nd September, 1910, "possesses in itself
such a wealth and diversity of natural resources as British
Columbia, and all in the initial stages of development."
British Columbia has gold, platinum, silver, copper,
lead, zinc, asbestos, diamonds, anthracite and bituminous coal.
Its mines have produced since their inception $397,409,466.00
and 300,000 square miles of mineralized ground are
not yet prospected. The production for 1911 amounted
to $23,211,816.00.
British Columbia has 26,000,000 acres of standing
merchantable timber capable of yielding over 240 billion feet
without allowing for new growth. Timber returns for 1911
were $24,823,000.00.
British Columbia has 30,000,000 acres of rich agricultural, grazing and fruit lands hardly yet scratched. The
returns for 1911 amounted to $20,837,893.00, an increase of
more than $6,000,000 over the previous year.
BRITISH COLUMBIA fisheries employ over 12,000 men,
and account for over 30 per cent, of the total catch of Canada.
Richest in Natural Resources
The  value  of   1911   catch  was   $13,677,125.00,   being  an
increase of $5,677,125.00 over  1910.
British   Columbia   manufactures   for   1911
$45,000,000.00 to the wealth of the Province.
British Columbia's sum total of production in 1911,
for mining, timber, agriculture, fisheries and manufactures
amounted to $127,549,834, an increase of $26,677,125
over 1910. Its population of but 380,787 is most certainly
enterprising and thrifty.
British Columbia already has over 2,000 miles of
railways in actual operation, and an even greater mileage is at
the present time under actual construction and survey. Sir
Richard McBride, the Prime Minister, recently stated in an
interview that over $100,000,000.00 would be spent in British
Columbia within the next five years in actual railway construction.
BRITISH COLUMBIA has the greatest supply of water
power in Canada with the exception of the Province of Ontario,
which has the Niagara Falls. Millions of horse-power distributed all over the Province are waiting to be harnessed up to
turn the wheels of industry. Plan   shewini
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Compiled rrom the latest Government and Railway Information.
Scale      3mllc6   Yo   \  inch A GOOD POTATO FIELD NEAR FORT SALMON
The Salmon River District
Many years ago this beautiful and wonderfully fertile
country was devastated by a fire which swept the ground of
nearly all its heavy timber. Since then light thickets of poplar,
spruce, balsam, willow and alder—very easily cleared off—
have sprung up here and there and given to the landscape a
decided park-like appearance. The open plains support such
an amazing growth of wild grasses, pea-vine, vetches, wild
flowers and fruits, that one needs no further proof of the
fertility of the soil, which is a rich deposit of silt on a sub-soil
of clay. Year after year a luxuriant vegetation has sprung
up and flourished, only to perish with the coming of winter and
bequeath its rich legacy of rotted verdure to fatten and further
renew the fertility of the soil.
Game and wild fowl are plentiful all over the district.
The rivers, lakes and streams of clear, cool, sparkling waters
teem with all sorts of edible fish.
The climate is singularly delightful, extremes in temperature not being great. Summer days are warm, nights are
cool. Diaries, religiously kept by Hudson's Bay Company
officials for many decades back, contain no record of excessive
rainfall nor lack of sufficient moisture. The almost continuous presence of the warm Chinook winds, which blow over
from the Pacific Ocean through the Central British Columbia
Valleys,   exerts   a  wonderfully   moderating  effect  upon   what
Garden of British Columbia
otherwise might have been a rigorous climate. The winter
months are comparatively mild in comparison with those of the
Prairie Provinces, and the season is much shorter. Live stock
may be wintered out in the open on the natural pasturage.
It is a delight to live and breathe in the Salmon River
Wheat, barley, oats and a great variety of garden truck
have been successfully grown by Hudson's Bay Company
officials and trappers for many years back. Good building
timber is plentiful and of easy access all over the valley.
Settlers are coming into the district in large numbers, and
it is only a question of a very short time when the Salmon River
country will be a thickly populated and prosperous community,
adding greatly to the wealth of the Province in general.
The Townsite of Fort Salmon, situated in the centre of
the district, occupies the key position as a distributing point for
the products of the soil. It also lies but a few miles from the
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Fort Salmon Townsite
Fort Salmon, British Columbia, lying about 19 miles north
from Fort George, occupies an exceedingly central and commanding position in the Salmon River District. In fact, as a
situation for a large and pretentious city, probably no better
location could have been chosen. The lay of the Townsite
is such that the most excellent facilities are afforded for a thoroughly satisfactory drainage and sewerage system, than which
nothing is more important to any young and growing city.
Then, too, the Salmon river itself will provide a water supply
of undoubted purity, sufficient for all requirements for years to
come. This river, which flows through the Eastern boundary
of the Townsite, is navigable all the way down to the great
Fraser river, into which it empties its waters.
The rich pastoral and agricultural country surrounding
Fort Salmon is a veritable garden of fertility, unexcelled by
any other in the whole Province of British Columbia.
The British Columbia and Alaska Railway is already
surveyed through from Fort George to Summit Lake, as
announced in the Vancouver "Sun," November 22nd, 1912.
This new line will be extended north into the  famous Peace
Its Unique Situation
River district and thence eastward over the Rocky Mountains
into Alberta.
Then, again, the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British
Columbia Railway, now under construction from Edmonton,
Alberta, westward to the Peace River District, will pass
through the Salmon River country into Fort George and thence
onward to the Pacific Coast.
From Bella Coola on the west coast of British Columbia,
via the Salmon River district thence eastward, surveys are
also being made for the Pacific and Hudson Bay Railway.
The proposed line of the Pine Pass and Edmonton Railway, for which a charter has been granted, is projected northward from the G. T. P. through the Salmon River Valley
and the Townsite of Fort Salmon as shown on the map.
It is also the intention to extend the Pacific and Great
Eastern Railway, now building from Vancouver to Fort
George, farther north and eastward.
From the foregoing it may readily be realized that the
possibilities of Fort Salmon, owing to its peculiarly central and
advantageous situation in the Salmon River Valley, are
exceedingly bright as a coming railway centre of the greatest
importance.     All the railway  companies  are hustling to the MAKING A START IN SALMON RIVER VALLEY
utmost of their ability and resources to string their steel from
one end of the country to the other, in order to provide the
necessary transportation facilities for the enormous incoming
tide of immigration to British Columbia's magnificent agricultural, grazing, fruit growing, timber and mineral areas.
A Ground Floor Proposition
It thus behooves those who would profit by the opportunities offered in the promising Townsite of Fort Salmon to
take advantage of the low prices now prevailing there without
delay. Fort Salmon is to-day really an absolute ground floor
proposition, as has been many another townsite in which lots
are now selling even one-hundred-fold and more in advance of
the original prices.
Every purchaser of lots in Fort Salmon will receive an
Indefeasible Title, which is guaranteed by the Government of
British Columbia. First come, first served. No favoritism
shown. All applications for lots will be filled in the order of
their receipt.
The plan of the Townsite of Fort Salmon has been
approved by the British Columbia Government, which owns
a quarter interest, but will not now sell any of its lots at any
The lots offered—three-quarters of the Townsite—are
owned by us. They are 33 feet frontage by 120 feet deep
to a 20-foot lane.    They all front on streets 66 feet wide.
The B. C. and Alaska Railway line is already surveyed.
Buy before the rails are laid.
Let your hard earned money and your faith in
the future lead you on to fortune. Others have
become wealthy in the same way; others will
become wealthy in the same old way. Why should
not you?
Opinions of Prominent People
Andrew Carnegie, multimillionaire and philanthropist:—
"Ninety per cent, of the millionaires become so through growing real estate. More money has been made in real estate than
from all other investments combined."
Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, British Navy:—
"British Columbia is second to none in its resources and
people, and, after having seen this wonderful province, I congratulate Canada doubly in not having shared this magnificent
heritage with any other nation."
Consider this carefully. Think how different the Great
West will look to the people of Europe about to emigrate to
make new homes in this great new country when the Panama
Canal is open. The distance between Europe and British
Columbia will be reduced by 5,664 miles, and the sea voyage
shortened to one of about twenty days. BURNT OVER LAND IN SALMON RIVER VALLEY
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy, President C. P. R.:—"The
outlook for British Columbia is extremely bright and I repeat
what I have said so often, that I consider that British Columbia
will become the most prosperous and wealthiest province of the
Dominion of Canada."
W. Leonard Palmer, Special Correspondent Financial
News of London, England:—"Canada is now regarded as the
best field for investment, with the Province of British Columbia
easily taking first place, London financiers finding the profits
large and the interest obligations, with few exceptions, promptly
Theodore Roosevelt, ex-President U. S. A.:—" Every
person who invests in well selected real estate in a growing
section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest
method of becoming independent.
General Manager Chamberlain, Grand Trunk Pacific
Railway:—"We regard Northern British Columbia as our
great field, and we shall spare no effort or expense to develop
that country in the most effective manner. As soon as our main
line is completed we shall undertake the construction of branch
lines, and one of the first we shall put in hand will be a line to
the north. In our original plans our engineers proposed to start
that line from the Bulkley Valley, but we have now come to
the conclusion that Fort George is the best point at which to
connect it with the main line and form our main junction points.
There is a vast, rich country there awaiting transportation and
we shall supply it."
The Salmon River district lies immediately northward
from Fort George just beyond the Nechaco and Fraser rivers.
This declaration of Mr. Chamberlain's undoubtedly means further transportation facilities through the Salmon River country.
Extracts from the Budget Speech
Delivered by Hon.  Price Ellison, Minister of Finance,
23rd  February,   1912.
"Speaking with a sense of the weight which attaches to
the words of any holder of the office which I have the honor
to fill. I am of the opinion that British Columbia is at the
threshold of a progress and prosperity unrivalled perhaps in
any quarter of the globe.
"The reason for my faith is this: The developed wealth
from the natural resources of this largest Province of the
Dominion forms a mere fraction of her ascertained but undeveloped potentialities, which lie as yet in the womb of her
soil and of the future."
"Our produce in 1910 was valued at $14,399,000.00,
while on the other hand the value of imported produce from
the other provinces  of  trie  Dominion  and  from  the  United States was $ 1 4,962,904.00. The people of British Columbia
were therefore dependent on imported produce for a little
more than 50 per cent, of their food-stuffs.
"In 1911 the figures were $20,837,893.00 of home
products, against $14,709,854.00 of imports. The former
therefore outstripped the latter by more than $6,000,000.00.
"It must be remembered also that the very drawback of a
large part of our food-stuffs being imported has nevertheless
this two-fold advantage:
1. It points to the fact that the population of
this Province has increased by leaps and bounds, so
that the demand for food-stuffs has long ago outgrown the supply.
2. The shortage in our home-grown crops to
supply the needs of our population is in itself an
advertisement to settlers to take up a farming life.
Salmon River Valley Farms
are Producers
(From Vancouver Sun, 1 1th November, 1912.)
"One ordinarily thinks of easy access to market as being
quite necessary to successful farming, and by access to market
is meant access to the big cities or towns. But there are exceptions to all rules; and in the Salmon River Valley, about seventeen miles north-west of Fort George, there is a big exception
to this one. The reason for it is that in this case, instead of the
farmer having to go to the market as usual to sell his produce,
the markets come to the farmer. That is why the lack of transportation facilities in that section is putting money into the
farmers' pockets."
"This is a wonderful country, and we are living in wonderful times when things which seem quite impossible are actually happening. Fifty years ago, or even fifteen years ago,
it would have been utterly impossible for the market to get up
and move bodily to where the farmer was, because it takes
a whole lot of money and capital to move a market in this
fashion. But a market means a body of people, and there
is so much foreign capital coming in to extract the mineral and
agricultural wealth from this rich province that capital is able
to move men by thousands, and support them while they are
doing the development work.
"The market which came to the Salmon River farmers
was a large body of railroad builders and other groups of men
engaged in developing mineral resources, clearing land for
farms and townsites, and doing other work of the kind. Hence
it is that the Salmon River farmer has a market for more hay,
grain, vegetables, garden products and meat and dairy products than he can possibly supply.
"The ground is high, being a sort of a plateau about 100
feet above the river. The soil is a sandy clay loam containing
an abundance of vegetable matter; and this character, together
with the height of the river, and the natural drainage, makes
the soil warm. Moreover, the lightness of the soil, and the fact
that the natural overgrowth consists of poplar trees not more
than two years old, and of bunch willow, makes it easy to
"Pea-vine and wild grasses grow luxuriantly and are excellent for feeding purposes. Indeed the country is perfectly
adapted for stock-raising. There are no flies there to bother
the cattle, and there is an abundance of lumber for building
barns and houses. The warmth of the soil makes it equally
well adapted for gardening, and the crops which it will produce
are immense.
'Land in the vicinity averages about $15 per acre, and
the typical farm contains about 80 acres, and about 300 actual
settlers have bought during the past season. Hence the investment represented, counting land alone, exceeds $300,000 ; and
when the buildings and equipment are added it will be brought
up to about $700,000."
J- ISS AGNES C. LAUT, the astute and talented Canadian authoress, in a recent article published
in the "Saturday Evening Post" regarding the marvelous increase of real estate values in Canadian Prairie Provinces, quotes a remark made to her by John W. Dafoe, editor "Manitoba Free
Press," Winnipeg,  who stated:    "If I had had courage and faith five or six years ago, I might
have been a millionaire to-day, but I thought it was stark moon-madness and would not touch the things
with tongs."
John W. Dafoe has seen many of his friends being kicked into the millionaire class because they had
the courage and faith which he had not—things were just beginning to move on the prairies then. Land
values have advanced wonderfully since. British Columbia was quiet at that time, but now it has made
a beginning, and a right good one it is.    What are you going to do about it?
Why wait and be sorry five or six years hence, because you lacked courage and faith to-day. You
must surely realize that the time to invest is before land values go up. That time is to-day in British
Columbia. The man who bought yesterday is a day ahead of you already. Sail into a fortune on the
crest of the wave of prosperity that is inundating British Columbia to-day.
Every man owes it to himself and to his family to lay up something while his earning capacity is
good, so that he may live at ease in his old age, and leave something for his children to enjoy after he is gone.
Banks, trust companies, insurance companies, industrial institutions may fail, but real estate goes on
forever. You cannot destroy it. It is the basis of all wealth. When you have lost all else, the power to
earn, and health even, one thing remains intact, and that is your real estate. Nothing can wipe that off
the face of the earth. The longer you hold good real estate the more valuable it becomes. It is the best
legacy you can leave to the present generation or to generations unborn.
Buy lots in Fort Salmon and secure a holding in a great new country that is about to be interlaced
with railways and filled with thousands of industrious settlers.
Fort Salmon is the hub of the wheel of prosperity in the garden of British Columbia.
Address all communications and make all cheques and money orders payable to the owners,
Bankers: THE QUEBEC BANK, Vancouver, B.C. :st>        |irgJ
Fort Salmon
British Columbia
Situated in the Centre of
the Agricultural Garden
of British Columbia
Western Canada Townsites
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
Copyright, Canada, IQI2.
By Western Canada  Townsites, Limited.


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