The area north of the American border, bounded by Cartwright Manitoba, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Calgary and Cardston Alberta is known as The Palliser Triangle.

In the mid 1800s Captain John Palliser launched an expedition to study this area and its potential as an area for agriculture. Well, his reports were not exactly encouraging. He thought that the land was, "ill suited for civilization, a region of short grasses and shrubs and desert-like conditions, where cacti grew along the coulee ridge."

A few years later, Henry Hind was more encouraging, and he believed that the area would be great for agriculture. In the 1870s, a Canadian botanist named John Macoun, concluded that the Palliser Triangle was ideally suited for agriculture and would be a great place to grow wheat!

So, who was right? Palliser or Hind and Macoun?