FROM WALES TO WOOD RIVER, ALBERTA, CANADA
Between Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, lies a farming community named Ponoka. In the very early 1900s, to the east of Ponoka, grew a community of Welsh farmers. Their community was given the name of Wood River.
Many of the people who settled there came from North Wales including Anglesey as well as from mid-Wales. In a short history of this area, compilers and editors, Kelt Hughes and Griff Jones refer to many of the people who came from farms and villages such as Deiniolen, Llanfairfechan, Llanbrynmair, Pennal, Llangefni, Chwilog, Festiniog, the Dyfferin Ceiriog Valley, Pont Robert, Rhosgadfan, Groeslon, Pentrefelin, Harlech, Llanddausant, Bontddu, Carno, Arthog, Bryngwran, Eglwysfach, Pentre Felin, Machynlleth, Aber and Groeslon.
Many of the settlers also came from South Wales districts including Cardigan, Tredegar, Llanddewi Brefi, and Pembroke.
[Source: From Wales to Wood River – A Short History of the Welsh Who Settled this Area.]
Check out the Galleries page ‘Farming in Wood River near Ponoka, Alberta’ on this site for some photos of the area. Below is a photo of Hugh T Jones and his late wife Margaret. Hugh’s grandfather came from Chwilog.