In the Footsteps of Polish Pioneers in Western Canada
There are approximately 200 locations in Western Canada scattered throughout the provinces (majority of which are in Manitoba where Polish pioneers settled, struggled against the elements, faced many hardships and managed to establish a life for themselves. It was the church that sustained them in those difficult times and left the most visible and permanent mark on the prairies. The church was the centre for religious, cultural and social activities. Only when the population grew and community strengthened were separate buildings dedicated solely for either educational or social purposes constructed. The pioneers left their permanent mark in places such as Zbaraż, Polonia, Wisła, Kowalówka, Tarnopol, Dobrowody, Orlów, Opal, Kraków, and Polska, to name a few. It is thanks o these early settlers and the successive waves of all those who followed them to Canada that we all can thrive and enjoy what we have today.